What Is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts. There are two types of stroke - hemorrhagic and ischemic. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when brain arteries rupture and an ischemic stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Each year nearly 800,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke. Stroke it is the nation’s third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 6.5 million stroke survivors alive today.
The Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Stroke Center would like to urge everyone to know the signs of a stroke and to share this information with family and friends.
SIGNS OF A STROKE:
F: FACE – Uneven smile, facial droop/numbness, vision disturbance
A: ARM & LEG – Weakness, numbness, difficulty walking
S: SPEECH – Slurred, inappropriate words, mute
T: TIME – Time is critical CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
For more information about the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Primary Stroke Center, please contact Stroke Coordinator, Irene Ochoa-Lares, RN at 956-362-6297 or by email.
Understanding a Stroke
Symptoms of a Stroke