Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers from a stroke. A stroke is a "brain attack" in which blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, depriving brain cells of oxygen and causing the cells to die.
A stroke can cause severe and sometimes permanent impairments to movement, memory and speech. Knowing the different kinds of stroke, symptoms and signs of a stroke and how to react to stroke can help you save a life.
At Summit Health, we're prepared for when a stroke happens. With two American Heart/Stroke Association certified stroke centers at Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital, a team of health care experts, and the latest treatments and techniques, we can help more people survive strokes.
According to the National Stroke Association (NSA):
- Up to 80% of strokes are preventable
- There are approximately 7,000,000 stroke survivors in the U.S. over age 20
- Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds
- Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death
- 87% are ischemic strokes - strokes that are caused by blockage of an artery
- 13% are hemorrhagic strokes - strokes that are caused by bleeding
Signs & Symptoms
You may be having a stroke if you experience sudden:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause