Understand Stroke

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Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Yet, research shows that too few people know what a stroke is and how to recognize when stroke is happening.

Learn more about stroke, how to prevent a stroke from happening to you, and how learning the signs and symptoms could save the life of your loved ones.

What Is Stroke?

A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. A stroke can cause you to permanently lose speech, movement and memory. Read more about what a stroke is, types, and signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Recognizing Stroke

Each year about 185,000 people die from a stroke. By learning the many warning signs of a stroke – you can help save a life.

Preventing a Stroke

Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Stroke can happen to anyone—at any time and any age. Arming yourself with information about stroke prevention is the first step in saving your life and the life of your loved ones.

Impact of Stroke

With nearly 7 million stroke survivors and as fifth leading cause of death, stroke has a large impact on society. Learn more about the impact of stroke on women, minorities, and kids.