Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability in adults. This condition occurs when regular blood flow to the brain is compromised, causing numbness, speech difficulty, headache, and other symptoms. Stroke can be prevented by regular exercise, a healthy diet, and stress relief; still, the professionals at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point urge Hudson-area residents to learn about the three main types of stroke and their symptoms.
Roughly 13% of all strokes are classified as hemorrhagic strokes. This stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and hemorrhages into the surrounding area. Hemorrhagic strokes usually occur as a result of a ruptured aneurysm, which is a ballooning blood vessel; or as a result of an arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormally formed blood vessel.
An ischemic stroke is by far the most common kind of stroke, accounting for about 87% of all strokes. This kind of stroke is caused by a blockage in an important blood vessel that leads to the brain. As with a heart attack, this kind of blockage may be caused by high blood pressure and fatty deposits lining an artery’s interior. Symptoms of an ischemic stroke may include drooping on one side of the face, an inability to raise both arms, and slurred speech.
Transient Ischemic Attack
The final kind of stroke is closely related to ischemic strokes in that they involve an arterial blockage; however, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) usually clear up on their own in five minutes or less. Though a TIA may not cause any permanent damage, it is a warning sign of future strokes, and should be taken very seriously. It’s always important to call 911 if you experience any stroke symptoms.
The Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is always prepared to treat any kind of stroke using state-of-the-art equipment. Our Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, and has earned recognition from the American Heart Association. Call (888) 741-5119 to speak with a knowledgeable representative.