In one second, 32,000 brain cells die, and in less than one minute, an ischemic stroke will kill 1.9 million brain cells.
Common symptoms of a stroke
- sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in the face, arm or leg, especially on only one side of the body
- sudden vision changes
- sudden trouble speaking
- sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements
- sudden problems with walking or balance
- a sudden, severe headache that is different than past headaches
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Many strokes are preventable. A good first step is learning and addressing the risk factors of a stroke.
Risk factors of stroke
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- heart disease
- physical inactivity and obesity
- family history of stroke
- atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
- heavy alcohol use
Seton Medical Center employees are passionate about early detection and prevention of life-threatening illness.
Early detection and disease prevention
- Timely screenings are a key to early detection. These Health Screening Guidelines outline recommended screenings.
- We also know that inactivity contributes to disease. These Physical Activity Guidelines outline recommended activity guidelines for everyone – for Children & Adolescents (Ages 6-17), Adults (Ages 18-64) and Older Adults (64 and over).
IMPORTANT: This information is provided as a community service. It is not intended as medical advice. Contact your personal physician about your individual health care needs and for advice about starting a new exercise program.