What Is Stroke?

Stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain, it can affect your body and mobility, your speech as well as how you think and feel. Stroke is the leading cause of disability globally.


17 million
people experience stroke each year.
6 million
of those strokes will be fatal.
60 %
of those who die will be women.
of those strokes could be prevented.


Behind these Facts are real lives.


Know Your Risks
1. Make healthy lifestyle choices
You can play your part in preventing stroke by making basic lifestyle changes and knowing your risk factors.

  • Eat healthily
  • Stay active
  • Control your weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Moderate your alcohol consumption
  • Reduce stress

Taking these basic steps will not only reduce your stroke risk, they will also reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer and dementia.


2. Get treatment for conditions that increase your risk of stroke

  • high blood pressure
  • atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
  • diabetes
  • Transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke)
  • obesity
  • depression

Talk to your doctor and ask for a stroke risk assessment, this will help identify and manage any health conditions that increase your risk for stroke. If you have high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, or have had a TIA, it is very likely you will be prescribed medication to reduce your stroke risk.


Know The Signs
Knowing the signs of stroke and getting treatment quickly saves lives and improves recovery. If you think someone may have had a stroke, do this FAST check.


– is one side drooping?

– raise both arms, is one side weak?

– is the person able to speak? Are words jumbled or slurred?

– act quickly and seek emergency medical attention immediately.


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