A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. As a result, the affected area of the brain is unable to function, leading to inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see from one side.
What causes a stroke?
- Healthy Artery – Normal arteries are smooth and flexible, allowing oxygen-rich blood to flow through easily
- Plaque Formation and Narrowing of the Arteries – Deposits collect within the artery walls, causing plaque that narrows the artery and reduces blood flow
- Plaque Rupture – The plaque ruptures and the platelets in your blood may form clots
- Artery Blockage – A clot can reduce or block the flow of blood. This may be what causes a stroke or a heart attack or heart-related chest pain (unstable angina).
The signs of a stroke may include
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
Americare works with stroke victims and is committed to getting patients healthy and functional in the comfort of their home.