What is stroke?                                                                                                                                

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel in the brain bursts.  Anyone, even children, can have a stroke.  In Virginia, every year more than 16,600 Virginians have a new stroke.

Are you at risk? 

Several factors that are beyond your control can raise your risk for stroke.  These include your age, sex, and ethnicity.  But, you can greatly reduce your risk for stroke by adopting healthy habits, such as not smoking or drinking too much alcohol, eating a healthy diet, and being active.  Having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes can also increase your risk for stroke.  Treating these medical conditions is important and can minimize your risk.  Talk to your doctor.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The most common signs and symptoms of stroke are:

Face Drooping: Sudden weakness or drooping of the face

Arm Weakness: Sudden weakness in one arm

Speech Difficulty: Sudden confusion or trouble speaking (slurred speech) or understanding others

Other important signs:

Balance problems: Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance or coordination

Eye changes: Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

Headache: Sudden severe headache with no known cause


If you think you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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