Each year about 795,000 Americans have a stroke and every four minutes someone dies of stroke. But strokes 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, says Dr. Sajjad Mueed, assistant professor of neurology at SIU School of Medicine. He describes the symptoms of stroke:
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.