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Strokes: Warning Signs and Risk Factors

A stroke, also called a brain attack, is a medical emergency. A stroke harms the brain much in the same way that a heart attack harms the heart. Depriving the brain of much needed oxygen can result in temporary or permanent brain injury. An Ischemic Stroke results from a clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain. A Hemorrhagic Stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks or ruptures.

Warning signs
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

Risk Factors
What You Can Control
Stop smoking and using tobacco
Treat your diabetes
Eat healthy diet
Be physically active - get regular exercise
Maintain a healthy weight
Control high blood pressure
Get regular medical check-ups
Avoid alcohol intake and illegal drug use
What You Cannot Control
Age
Gender
Menopause or Ovaries Removed
Heredity and Race

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