A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood or oxygen it needs, so it starts to die. It is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind diseases of the heart and cancer.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a stroke, it is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible, because every second counts. The magic number is three — stroke patients who are treated within three hours of the start of their symptoms are more likely to recover with little or no disability. If given within three hours of the start of stroke symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may reduce long-term disability.
If you notice any of these stroke symptoms or you recognize them in someone else, it is important to call 911 as quickly as possible:
When a patient comes to CAMC for stroke treatment, our stroke team: