Early Detection: Stroke

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke, and every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke.

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)
  • smoking
  • heavy alcohol use
  • diabetes

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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.