A stroke occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. Any abilities controlled by the affected brain area are lost, including memory and muscle control.
The level of impact of a stroke depends on its location and the amount of damage caused.
Nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year. In fact, a stroke happens to someone every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies from a stroke, and it is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of adult disability in the nation.
However, up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Regular visits to your primary healthcare provider to monitor your blood pressure, blood chemistry, and weight can identify some of the common health issues leading to stroke.