Presentation on theme: "What you need to know about stroke."— Presentation transcript:
1 What you need to know about stroke. This presentation will help you understand more about stroke – its prevention, treatment and recovery. It will cover stroke risk factors, prevention measures, how to recognize the symptoms of stroke and how to respond.This slide show was orginated by the National Stroke Association and provided for you by the Montana Cardiovascular Health Program of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
7 A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a stroke occurs, it kills brain cells in the area surrounding where the clot or breakage occurrs.There are 2 types of stroke:Ischemic Strokes can occur two ways and are the most common, accounting for approximately 87 percent of strokes.Embolic: Clot travels to the brain from another part of the bodyThrombotic: Clot develops in an arteryHemorrhagic Stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks or ruptures. While hemorrhagic stroke is less common, it is more deadly.References:American Heart Association. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2010 Update At-a-Glance. At:National Stroke Association. The Complete Guide to Stroke At:
9 Stroke SymptomsNumbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the bodyLoss of vision, speech or understandingTrouble walking or dizzinessSudden severe headache or confusionSo how do you know if someone is having a stroke?The most common stroke symptoms are:Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the bodySudden confusion, trouble speaking or understandingSudden trouble seeing in one or both eyesSudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordinationSudden severe headache with no known causeIf you see someone having these symptoms or experience any of these symptoms yourself, call immediately.References:National Stroke Association. The Complete Guide to Stroke At: 341.If you, or someone you know, experience these symptoms, call immediately!
29 Can YOU name the Signs of Stroke? Ask the audience for a show of hands if they remember 3 or more signs of stroke:Numbness or weakness in face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the bodySudden dizzinessSudden loss of vision in one or both eyesSudden severe headache with no known causeSudden difficulty walkingSudden confusion or difficulty understandingSlurred speech or trouble speakingPeople need to train themselves to remember these signs, because when it happens it will be hard to think straight.Remember, stroke is a brain attack.
30 National Stroke Association 1-800-STROKESFor more information about stroke or National Stroke Association:Call toll-free at STROKES ( ).Visit
31 American Stroke Association For more information about stroke, you can also contact the American Stroke Assocation:Call toll-free at STROKE ( ).Visit