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Why Is A Stroke A Medical Emergency?

A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.

Stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death.

There are two main types of stroke:

  • Ischemic stroke: This is the most common type of stroke. It occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery in the brain.

  • Hemorrhagic stroke: This type of stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

Stroke can affect anyone, but it is more common in people over the age of 55. Other risk factors for stroke include:

  • High blood pressure

  • Smoking

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

  • Atrial fibrillation

  • Heart disease

  • History of stroke

If you think you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. There is no time to waste when it comes to stroke.

The sooner you get treatment, the better your chances of recovery.

There are a number of things that can be done to treat stroke, including:

  • Medications to break up clots

  • Surgery to remove clots

  • Medications to lower blood pressure

  • Rehabilitation

Stroke is a serious medical condition, but it is possible to recover from it. With proper treatment, many people who have a stroke can go on to live full and active lives.

Here are some tips to prevent stroke:

  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure.

  • Control your cholesterol levels.

  • Don't smoke.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

  • Get regular exercise.

  • Manage your weight.

  • See your doctor regularly.

  • If you have a history of stroke or other risk factors, talk to your doctor about taking preventive measures.

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