A Stroke Of Luck? Maybe Not.

By Ankith Krishna, 2nd Block, 2/9/16

Stroke

Stroke is defined as the sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood flow or rupture of an artery to the brain. A quick loss of speech, weakness, or paralysis on one side of the body are some of the symptoms.

5 Tips For Teens

1. Try and restrict having a high blood pressure by avoiding high cholesterol foods.


2. Do not smoke or take drugs as it increases the plaque build-up in arteries therefore increasing the chance of stroke.


3. Exercise and live a less sedentary lifestyle.


4. Lose weight if overweight by avoiding trans fat and saturated fats


5. Drink water in moderation

5 Statistics On Stroke

1. Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. More than 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the US.


2. Strokes can and do occur at any age. 1/4 of strokes accounted have happened to people over 65.


3. High blood pressure is the most dangerous risk factor for stroke.


4. On average, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds.


5. Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.

Questions From People

Dear Ankith,

I was wondering what a bystander should do if they witness someone having a stroke?

Thank you,

Chris


- Hi Chris, Bystanders should know the symptoms of stroke, such as slurred speech and paralysis on one side of the body. If a bystander witnesses this, they should call 911 immediately. immediate treatment may save someone's life.

Myths On Stroke, Here Is The Truth

Myth: Strokes only happen to older people

Fact: Strokes can happen to people of all ages, even infants! A quarter of strokes happen to people under 65. Younger people are more likely to ignore the symptoms because they think strokes cannot happen to them.

An Inspirational Quote from Stroke Survivors

“Start thinking wellness, not illness”
– Kate Alatt, Stroke Survivor

Resources for teens

In Community

If you or someone you know as suffered from stroke, go to the Carolina Medical, where they have a specially designed branch for stroke rehabilitation.

2700 Providence Rd S, Waxhaw, NC 28173

704-667-6800

Online

You can go to stroke.org, where you can learn many things about stroke such as what to do when you see one, how to prevent, and what it is.

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