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.