Strokes are caused by lack of blood flow to your brain. Imagine that your heart is a water pump and your veins and arteries are pipes. Now imagine that a rock gets stuck in the pipe stopping water from moving. What if a crack in your pipes caused the water to leak out before it reached your bath tub? What if your water pump didn’t pump water? Your blood system is the same as these pipes. If something happens to stop blood from reaching your brain, then you are suffering from a stroke.
Strokes can be very scary things. They can lead to paralysis, difficulty talking or swallowing, memory loss, emotional problems, pain, and behavior changes. They are also the 5th most common cause of death in the US.
Warning signs for a stroke include face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. If you have any of these symptoms then you must call 911 immediately, even if the symptoms go away. Do not waste any time calling.
Risks for stroke include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart problems. 80% of all strokes are preventable if people manage these risks effectively. That means that to minimize your chances of getting a stroke you must diet right, exercise, control heart conditions, and avoid cigarettes.