What is a 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.