Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is cut off or interrupted or a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into spaces surrounding brain cells.
Brain cells die when they cannot receive oxygen and nutrients from blood. When brain cells die, symptoms such as paralysis, language and communication problems, and behavioral changes may occur.
According to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, 700,000 Americans suffer each year from a new or recurrent stoke.
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Remember: When a stroke occurs you have very little time to get the right treatment.
Memorize the signs of a stroke and get treatment immediately if you experience any of the symptoms.