Stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” happens when a blood vessel that feeds the brain gets clogged by a clot or bursts. The brain cells in that area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need. Treating a stroke patient within three hours of the time the symptoms first appear can greatly reduce disability. Stroke damage can affect your entire body including your ability to speak, walk, balance, think and remember.
Stroke, like a heart attack, is very serious. It is the fourth leading cause of death in Ohio. Stroke can happen at any age. That is why it is important to know the facts about stroke, the warning signs, and the risk factors and learn how you can make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of stroke.
This section includes:
What is a Stroke? - Learn the definition of stroke and the different types of stroke.
Learn Your Risk Factors - Learn what behaviors or conditions can increase your chances for stroke.
Ohio Coverdell Stroke Registry - Learn more about this important stroke care quality improvement project.
Locate a Primary Stroke Center - Find a Primary Stroke Center near you.
Stroke Free Resources - Visit these web sites to find out more about stroke.
Know Stroke, Know the Signs, Act in Time - 8 Minute Video
This 8 minute video features experts in the field of stroke discussing the symptoms of stroke and
what you should do if you or someone you know is experiencing the signs of a stroke.
Last Reviewed: 4/12/13