A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that brings oxygen and nutrients to the brain bursts and is clogged by a blood clot or some other mass. The warning signs of stroke are:
-- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one
side of the body.
-- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
-- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
-- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
-- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
Strokes caused by high blood pressure can affect men and women of all ethnic backgrounds. However, those with ancestry from Latin America, Africa or Asia are at highest risk. For example, in 2004, the death rates per 100,000 population in the United States from high blood pressure were 15.6 for white males, 49.9 for black males, 14.3 for white females and 40.6 for black females.
The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, has several programs to help people fight high blood pressure and stroke, including http://www.AmericanHeart.org/hbp. The site features tools to help people learn about high blood pressure, including a risk calculator and quiz.
"The Internet is clearly a powerful tool to create awareness and
educate the public on a mass scale," said Daniel Jones, M.D., president of
the American Heart Association and a member of the association's High Blood
Pressure Research Council. "The next step is for Americans to take the
knowledge they gain online to their healthcare providers, who can help lay
out a course of treatment to manage any risks." For more information about
stroke, visit http://www.strokeassociation.org or call 1-888-4STROKE. For
more information about high blood pressure, visit
|SOURCE American Heart Association; American Stroke Association|
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