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Stroke is the third biggest killer disease in Ireland – causing more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer combined.
So what’s a stroke?
There are two major kinds:
The first, called an ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain. About 80% of all strokes are ischemic.
The second, known as a hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks and bleeds into the brain. About 20% of strokes are hemorrhagic.
It’s a medical emergency and every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. The longer blood flow is cut off to the brain, the greater the damage.
Did you know:
10,000 people will suffer a stroke in Ireland this year, while over 2,000 will die.
One in five of us will have a stroke at some time in our life.
A stroke can destroy two million brain cells a minute.
Getting treatment within 60 minutes can prevent disability. DON’T DELAY…
Stroke Warning Signs:
Sometimes symptoms of stroke develop gradually. But if you are having a stroke, you are more likely to have one or more sudden warning signs like these:
• Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side
• Confusion or trouble understanding other people
• Trouble speaking
• Trouble seeing with one or both eyes
• Trouble walking or staying balanced or coordinated
• Severe headache that comes on for no known reason.
If you believe someone is having a stroke – if they suddenly lose the ability to speak, or move an arm or leg on one side, or experience facial paralysis on one side – call 999 immediately.
If you smoke – quit. If you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or high cholesterol, getting them under control (and keeping them under control) will greatly reduce your chances of having a stroke.