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Stroke Health

What is stroke?
A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.

What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke?
Common stroke symptoms include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg- especially on one side of the body.
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Reducing your risk for stroke:
Prevention guidelines (click on a topic to learn more):
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Know your cholesterol number.
Control blood pressure.
Manage blood sugar and diabetes.
Stop smoking.
Get moving.
Lose weight.
Enjoy a lower sodium (salt), lower fat diet. Consult a physician before beginning any diet plan.

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