A stroke is also known as a “brain attack” and happens when the blood flow to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts, and part of the brain starts to die.
A stroke can kill brain cells that are responsible for moving, thinking, speaking or even breathing. Stroke, like a heart attack, is very serious. It is the fourth leading cause of death in North Carolina.
There are two types of strokes:
- Ischemic Stroke: This is the most common type of stroke. Blood vessels to the brain are blocked, so brain cells don't get the blood and oxygen they need. This results in permanent brain injury.
- Hemorrhagic Stroke: A blood vessel in the brain bursts or breaks and brain cells are not getting the oxygen and nutrients they need.
TIAs (Transient Ischemic Attacks)
The TIA is a warning sign that an ischemic stroke could occur. Blood flow to the brain is blocked or reduced only for a very short amount of time. The symptoms of a TIA are similar to a stroke but they generally last only for a couple of minutes or at most a few hours.
Know the Signs of a Stroke
- WALKING — Is your balance off?
- FEELING — Is your headache severe?
- TALKING — Is your speech slurred or face droopy?
- SEEING — Do things look blurred? Are you having trouble seeing in one or both of your eyes?
- NUMBNESS — Is one part of your body numb or suddenly weak?
When it comes to stroke, act fast! Call 911, if you suspect someone is having a stroke.