May is American Stroke Awareness Month, but what is a stroke?

May is American Stroke Awareness Month, but what is a stroke?

According to the American Heart Association, a stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.

When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, causing brain cells to die.

Contrary to popular belief, a stroke can happen to anyone at any age. The good news is, 80% of strokes are preventable.

Having an overall healthy diet, doing at least 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise three to four times per week, checking one’s cholesterol levels and blood pressure, as well as cutting back on sodium are all ways to prevent stroke.

Together to End Stroke, nationally sponsored by Covidien, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people identify stroke warning signs. Take the stroke quiz and learn if you are at risk. Knowledge is power!

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