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Stroke

Stroke refers to the sudden loss of brain function. This loss of function can be from an interruption in blood flow to the brain or the bursting (rupturing) of blood vessels in the brain. As a result, cells in the affected area of the brain die.
 
The effects of a stroke depend on where the brain was injured, as well as how much damage occurred. A stroke can impact any number of areas including your ability to move, see, remember, speak, reason and read and write.
 
Risk Factors
Family history of stroke as well as age, gender, diabetes and ethnicity contribute to an increased risk of stroke. The following are factors that could increase your risk of stroke:
  • Obesity.
  • Poor diet.
  • Diabetes.
  • Smoking.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High blood cholesterol.
 
Prevention
Help to prevent stroke by changing what you can to lead a healthier lifestyle and managing your health. To help prevent stroke you should:
 

For more information about the causes of stroke and the warning signs visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation website.

 
Source: The Heart and Stroke Foundation. "What is stroke?' and "Stroke prevention and risk factors.' Retrieved from:  www.heartandstroke.com.

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