Would you know what to do if you or a loved one was having a stroke?
“The first step in preventing a stroke, or mitigating life-altering effects from one, is understanding what a stroke is,” said David Stidd, MD, chair, Department of Endovascular Neurosurgery and co-medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Program at the AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute. “Then, you have to act on this knowledge. We encourage everyone to know their risk factors and make changes that can help prevent a stroke.”
A stroke — sometimes referred to as a “brain attack” — occurs when the flow of blood in the brain is disrupted. A mini-stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), usually lasts a few minutes and occurs hours or days before a full stroke.
“Because it interrupts brain function, a stroke can cause temporary or permanent issues, ranging from inability to speak, memory loss and aphasia, to pain, paralysis and more,” said Stidd.