Strokes

By: Michael J. LaPlant

What is a stroke???

A disease that affects the arteries leading to the brain. It clogs the arteries and makes a side of your body numb to where you can not feel it. It causes deaths. It kills brain cells when the arteries are clog so you may have memory loss. The part of the brain that gets clogged will not be able contact the part of the body it controls.

Why is it important?

This health condition is important to know because it's is kind of like alzheimer's but worse. It can cause death and numb half the body. The good thing is that it's treatable.

What causes strokes?

Blood clots by the brain. Arteries rupture. Clots in blood stream.

Symtoms

Trouble walking, Trouble seeing, Numbness, Confusion severe headache

Treatments- Medicine, surgery for removing the clot.

Facts

About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Average 1 person dies every 4 minutes. 40% of deaths related by stroke is males while other 60% is women. In 2010, worldwide prevalence of stroke was 33 million, with 16.9 million people having a first stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability. 2010 for stroke-related medical costs and disability. African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than Caucasians and a much higher death rate from stroke.

Diet

After a stroke you may find that you need to make some changes to what you eat. You may have difficulty eating or drinking and may need to change the consistency of your food or drinks. You may be advised to change the types of foods you eat to be lower in cholesterol and/or salt to reduce your chances of having another stroke.

Types of strokes and how they happen below