Pacific Stroke Association

What is a stroke?


What is a stroke?

Stroke is a brain attack. It is caused by either a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel that disrupts the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Blood clots and ruptured blood vessels injure or kill brain cells. The dead and damaged brain cells may cause physical paralysis, speech problems, memory loss, and other disabilities. Learn more about life after stroke here.

Stroke is Preventable. While stroke remains the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, 80% of strokes can be prevented.

Stroke is Treatable. Calling 911 and seeking urgent treatment is vital to minimize the damage to the brain and to limit the resulting disability.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone with you experiences signs and symptoms of stroke. The longer you wait to receive medical treatment, the more brain cells will be damaged. Learn and share the symptoms of stroke here.

What is Stroke? Community education presentation by Nancy Houston Miller, RN, BSN:

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