Each year about 700,000 Americans have a stroke and every three minutes someone dies of stroke.  But long-term disability from stroke can be prevented if treated promptly.  Stroke is our nation’s number three killer and a leading cause of long-term disability.

A stroke is damage to the brain, caused by either a blood clot or bleeding in the brain, according to. OSF Saint Anthony's Clinical Educator Laura Fowler tells The Big Z the "mini stroke" can be a wake-up call that something more extreme may be in your future.

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Stroke is more common in elderly people, but younger people also can have strokes. People who have risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or heart disease are more likely to experience a stroke.


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