Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain stops. This cuts off the supply of oxygen to the cells in that part of the brain, and these cells begin to die. Stroke can also occur when there is bleeding inside of the brain.
There are two main types of stroke:
Damage to the brain can cause loss of speech, vision, or movement in an arm or a leg, depending on the part of the brain that is affected. Balance, swallowing, thinking, and many other important body functions can be changed.
This stroke assessment is for adults age 20 and older. Anybody can have a stroke, but certain factors put you at higher risk. While you can’t change some risk factors, there are many linked to lifestyle, which are under your control.
Before starting, you should gather the following information, if you have it:
However, you can still benefit from this assessment, even if you don't have this information.
Privacy Note: The assessment tool is not intended for shared or public computers. Read More.
|Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Department of Neurology, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
|click to view.
|The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Adam makes no representation or warranty regarding the accuracy, reliability, completeness, currentness, or timeliness of the content, text or graphics. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. Copyright 2002 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.