What is stroke?

Stroke is when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Unable to get oxygen, the brain cells will start to die.

Types of stroke
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
Ischemic Stroke

Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke. Blood supply is limited when your arteries become narrow from fat build up or a blood clot blockage.

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel in your brain leaks or bursts. Filling up the surrounding area, the pressure damages the brain cells.

What are possible causes?
Ischemic stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
Hemorrhagic stroke
  • High blood pressure
What are some symptoms?
  • Sudden numbness in face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden weakness in face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden trouble speaking
  • Sudden loss of balance
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Sudden trouble seeing
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Sudden confusion
What to do?
  • Limit salt
  • Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Choose whole grains
  • Choose healthy fats
  • Consult a doctor or dietitian before making big changes
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