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4 Surprising Facts About Stroke You May Not Know

Did you know that strokes are the number one cause of longterm disability?

Strokes are also one of the top causes of death for both men and women, and even children. And while they’re caused by a combination of factors, you still can protect your brain health and possibly prevent stroke altogether.

During this National Stroke Awareness Month, it’s important to remember that prevention begins with education. Keep reading to learn 4 surprising facts about stroke that could save a life.

There’s not just one type of stroke.

There are two main types of stroke. The first and most common, Ischemic Stroke, accounts for around 80% of all reported cases. This type of stroke occurs when a blood vessel becomes blocked and a certain part of the brain is deprived of oxygen. It’s also the type that usually presents with the more obvious symptoms, which can be remembered with the acronym, F.A.S.T..

F – Is one side of the FACE drooping down?

A – Is there pain in either ARM?

S – Is SPEECH slurred or indistinguishable?

T – TIME is of the essence. Call 911 immediately!

The second type, Hemorrhagic Stroke, which accounts for around 20% of all reported cases occurs when a blood vessel or clot in the brain bursts, leaking blood and depriving the brain of oxygen. The most common signs of this type of stroke are nausea, vomiting, sudden loss of consciousness, intense headaches, and numbness that may occur on only one side of the body or all over.

You may also have less severe, ‘minor’ strokes that may not present with typical symptoms and be difficult to diagnose.

You can have multiple strokes and not know it. 

These types of stroke, called ‘minor strokes,’ don’t typically present with the symptoms you see in more severe cases, which can make identifying and treating them difficult. In fact, you may have multiple, even dozens, of these strokes without noticing. You will still experience brain damage, though. Signs of minor stroke may include headaches, loss of memory and slurred or strange speech. If you’ve noticed a loved one who seems uncharacteristically confused or forgetful, don’t just dismiss it as an inevitability of aging. Take them to see a physician and ensure they’re not having minor strokes, which can lead to severe, major strokes.

Men and women don’t always exhibit the same stroke symptoms.

Women may report more vague symptoms, like persistent headaches or nausea, when admitted to an emergency room. Some women don’t experience the typical symptoms of stroke, like body pain or face drooping, which can cause a delay in identifying and treating the stroke. This may explain why stroke is more fatal in women than men, who are more likely to be administered a crucial, life-saving stroke drug.

Strokes don’t just affect senior adults.

While the vast majority of strokes occur in individuals aged 65 or older, around two-thirds, stroke can occur in those much younger. In fact, stroke remains a top cause of death in children. Strokes can happen in children, young adults and even infants in utero, which is why it’s important to never rule out stroke exclusively because of age.

Talk with your physician about protecting your brain health and to learn more about your individual risk. If you want to learn more about stroke, visit this link.

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