A stroke happens when blood and oxygen flow to the brain is stopped or interrupted due to a ruptured or blocked blood vessel. This can cause damage to the brain.
Signs and symptoms may last a short time and disappear. Do not delay in getting help. A stroke is a medical emergency. Call
911 if you have any of the signs or symptoms.
Risk factors increase your chance of having a stroke. There are two types of risk factors: those you cannot control and those you can.
According to the American Stroke Association, the following risk factors are those you cannot control:
Eighty percent of strokes are preventable.
Learn what risk factors you can control, then take steps to lower your odds of stroke.
According to the American Stroke Association, the following risk factors are those you can control:
Learn more about stroke risks.
If you had a stroke, it is important that you follow your
health care team’s directions for medicines, healthful diet, exercise, and
controlling risk factors. Keep all appointments with health care providers.
Ask your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your
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Allina Health's Patient Education Department
Signs and symptoms of stroke may last a short time and disappear. Don't delay in getting help. A stroke is a medical emergency.
If you have any of the following, call 911 right away: