A stroke occurs either when the blood supply to part of the brain is
blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing damage to a part
of the brain. A stroke is also
sometimes called a brain attack.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Among
survivors, stroke can cause significant disability including paralysis as
well as speech and emotional problems. New treatments are available that can
reduce the damage caused by a stroke for some victims. But these treatments need to be given
soon after the symptoms start.
Knowing the symptoms of stroke, calling 911 right away, and getting to a
hospital are crucial to the most beneficial outcomes after having a stroke.
The best treatment is to try to prevent a stroke by taking steps to lower
your risk for stroke.
Learn more about the symptoms of stroke and how to reduce the risk of
Page last reviewed: October 10, 2007
Page last modified: June 21, 2007
Content source: Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention,
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and