•A stroke can cause paralysis or muscle weakness, loss of feeling, speech and language problems, memory and reasoning problems, swallowing difficulties, problems of vision and visual perception, coma, and even death.
•Stroke occurs when a clogged or burst artery interrupts blood flow to the brain.
•This interruption of blood flow deprives the brain of needed oxygen and causes the affected brain cells to die.
•When brain cells die, function of the body parts they control is impaired or lost.
Stroke is the #1 cause of long-term disability, yet few understand stroke or its prevention. No matter what you may believe, stroke can and does happen to anyone—young or old, fit or couch potato, rich or poor.
Stroke—like a bolt of lightning out of nowhere—can kill or severely disable those whom it strikes. Thus, many of those most deeply affected by stroke are unable to speak out against society's apathy and ignorance about this condition. Unlike many who survive heart attacks or cancer, stroke survivors are often cut off from the outside world—a world that understands little about stroke, and where its destruction could be largely prevented, were our societies at large (general population and the medical profession) better educated.