Stroke is one of the top 5 leading cause of death in the United States. One person dies every 4 minutes from these common and dangerous health issue. About 800,000 people suffer from a stroke each year and about one every 4 seconds. The only diseases that are more deadly are heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory.
Strokes occur due to problems with the blood supply to the brain; either the blood supply is blocked or a blood vessel within the brain ruptures. A stroke is a medical emergency, and treatment must be sought as quickly as possible.
Here are some key points about stroke. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
The American Stroke Association came up with an easy acronym to help people identify strokes in the most easy and timely manner. Remembering "F.A.S.T" can help save lives daily.
*Source: www.medicalnewstoday ; Stroke: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment*