Stroke Health Center
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 800,000 people have a stroke each year in the US alone.
A result of the blood supply to the brain being blocked, strokes usually make patients suddenly feel numb or weak on one half of the body. Because the blood flow to the brain is blocked, brain tissue can die during a stroke.
Although they are a leading cause of death, most strokes are preventable. Lifestyle factors like not smoking, exercising and keeping a healthy diet can all help.
Patients who believe they are having a stroke must immediately seek medical care through emergency services.