You may have heard of a stroke called by its medical term, Cerebrovascular Accident or CVA.
What is a stroke?
Simply put, a stroke is a ‘brain attack’. It occurs when a blood vessel or vessels in the brain are either blocked or burst. When this happens an area of the brain may not get all the necessary blood supply it needs and brain cells die.
Depending on the area of the brain that was affected, the person’s ability to speak, see, and move may become impaired.
I always assumed it was something that happened primarily to seniors. I was surprised to learn that they can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. 1 out of 5 people who have a stroke are under the age of 55.
There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the US. It is the 5th leading cause of death in our country. More women die from strokes each year than from breast cancer.
There are ways to lower your risk of having a stroke:
Keep medical conditions under control such as:
High blood pressure
Maintain a healthy weight
There are risk factors which we cannot control such as: