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What is a Stroke?

If you think you are having a stroke, stop reading and call 9-1-1.

Learn the warning signs of stroke.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious medical condition that requires emergency care. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death.

A stroke occurs if blood flow to a portion of the brain is blocked.   Blood carries oxygen to all parts of the brain.  Without oxygen, brain cells start to die after a few minutes.  A stroke can also occur if blood leaks into the brain and puts pressure on brain cells.  This pressure can cause damage to the cells of the brain.

If brain cells die or are damaged because of a stroke, symptoms occur in the parts of the body that these brain cells control. Examples of stroke symptoms include sudden weakness; paralysis or numbness of the face, arms, or legs (paralysis is an inability to move); trouble speaking or understanding speech; and trouble seeing.

If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9 - 1 - 1 right away.

Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that trained medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room. During a stroke, every minute counts.

Looking for more information?

Stroke Connection has been the award-winning voice of support, information and inspiration for a vast community of stroke survivors and their families for over 23 years.

Stroke Connection is free and published four times a year.

Now offered exclusively as a digital publication, Stroke Connection is available virtually everywhere.  With a desktop digital edition and free apps for smartphones and tables as well as Kindle Fire-you can have Stroke Connection with you wherever you are.  And you can enjoy the same great articles on the Stroke Connection website.

When you sign up for Stroke Connection with your email address, you'll receive notification of new issues via the SC e-Extra monthly e-newsletter and great information every month between issues.

Connect and share our stories of survival and tips for living a healthier, longer life.  Sign up today!  

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This website was brought to you as a collaboration effort between Noyes Health and Genesee Valley Health Partnership to provide state of the art stroke care and education.