Quick Facts about Stroke

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The good news about stroke is that it is largely preventable.

You can't control all of your risk factors for stroke, such as age, gender and family history, but you can determine what your manageable personal risk factors are and take steps to control, treat and improve them today.

Do you know your personal stroke risk factors?

Take our stroke risk assessment to identify your stroke risk factors and how to improve them.

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Someone suffers a stroke in America every 40 seconds and every 3.1 minutes someone dies from a stroke.

  • Stroke is America's third leading killer.
  • It is the #1 cause for nursing home admissions.
  • Unfortunately, half of all stroke victims have no warning signs before a stroke occurs.

For the 750,000 Americans who experience stroke or other cerebrovascular events each year, immediate attention and individualized care are vital to recovery. The Denton Regional Stroke Center features neurologists and other healthcare providers on call 24/7 for triage and immediate treatment of stroke patients. Our team of specialists takes a multi-disciplinary approach that's specifically tailored for each patient to maximize patient care and optimize their recovery. Our Stroke Center also offers support and education to the patients and their families.

Are You at Risk for Stroke?

There is no typical neurological patient. Each person will have unique symptoms or perhaps no symptoms at all. Prevention and early detection are key factors in identifying and successfully treating neurological conditions.

Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Signs of a Stroke

Being able to recognize the signs of a stroke is one of the most important steps in surviving a stroke, allowing the patient to receive the advanced care they need. If you think you or a loved one might be having a stroke, remember to think F.A.S.T.

  • FACE - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Is the person confused? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
  • TIME - It’s time to call 911 if the patient suddenly shows any of these symptoms, especially if they are accompanied by loss of vision, loss of balance with dizziness, or the worst headache imaginable.

Kinds of Strokes

There are different types of stroke including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel supplying the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot or other particle such as a piece of plaque. This leads to insufficient blood flow to the brain, lack of oxygen and ultimately permanent death of brain cells. There are various causes of stroke including atherosclerosis (narrowed vessels due to hardening of the artery), heart disease and blood clotting disorders. The risk factors for this type of stroke include hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, atrial fibrillation, and obesity. It is important to perform tests to determine the cause of stroke and risk factors in each patient.

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and blood spills into the brain and its surrounding structures. Hypertension is the most common reason for this type of stroke. Aneurysms and other vascular malformations may also cause hemorrhagic stroke. Patients with hemorrhagic stroke are often evaluated by neurosurgeons, though most patients do not require surgery.

The symptoms of stroke depend upon what part of the brain is affected. It is critical to recognize the signs of stroke and act fast. The faster an individual receives treatment after stroke, the better their outcome.