Did you know that each year, in the United States alone, nearly 800,000 people have a stroke? A stroke is a dangerous, often fatal neurological injury, which can cause devastating effects on speech, language and communication. This past month was Stroke Awareness Month, a great reason to brush up your knowledge on what a stroke is, what your risk may be, and what the warning signs are.
What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood flow to the brain is interrupted, either by a ruptured blood vessel, or a blood clot blocking an artery. When the brain is deprived of blood, cells within the brain die. Depending on the area of the brain affected, a person may have several abilities affected, including movement, memory and language. Nearly two-thirds of stroke survivors have some sort of disability.
What is my risk? Many risk factors for stroke are beyond your control—for example, age, gender, or ethnic background. However, there are risk factors that can often be prevented entirely; having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes can greatly increase your risk. To minimize these factors, maintain a healthy diet exercise regularly, and avoid smoking and excessive drinking.
Stay tuned: in the coming weeks we’ll discuss how to recognize if you or a loved one are having a stroke, and how speech-language therapy can help manage communication deficits suffered.
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