What is a stroke?  There are two major types of strokes:

Ischemic – caused by a blood clot or the narrowing of a blood vessel leading to the brain that restricts blood flow and keeps oxygen and nutrients from reaching brain cells

Hemorrahagic – caused by a broken blood vessel which results in bleeding in the brain

Symptoms to watch for include:  Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding; sudden problems seeing; sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Never ignore the symptoms of a stroke!  Quick treatment can mean the difference between life and death.  You can take steps to lower your chance of even having a stroke by:

Controlling your blood pressure

If you smoke – stop

Controlling your cholesterol

Controlling your diabetes

Eat healthy foods

Exercise regularly