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Stroke is a leading cause of impairment in older adults and the third leading cause of death in the United States.
When a person has a stroke, the blood flow to part of the brain stops or is dramatically reduced.
There are two types of strokes.
There are many early warning signs of a stroke and recognizing the signs can save your life.
Signs of stroke include:
Call 9-1-1 if you experience any of these symptoms.
Up to 25 percent of strokes are preceded by a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, which is a type of "warning stroke."
Symptoms of a TIA are the same as those of a stroke, but they last less than 24 hours and approximately 75 percent last less than five minutes. A TIA can occur days or months before a major stroke, but risk of stroke is highest within 48 hours of a TIA.
Dignity Health is a nationally recognized leader in stroke care, providing integrated services in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The Mercy Stroke Center, part of Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California, is part of a Sacramento city-wide network responding in-person to acute stroke emergencies and is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for stroke patients.
Our brains are incredible. They hold our personalities, our memories, our ability to feel and learn things. Our amazing brains can also become the victim of stroke. Knowing the signs and risks associated with stroke can save your life, or the life of someone you love. Take our quick stroke health assessment and learn about your risk.