When blood flow to the brain is compromised, a stroke or "brain attack" can occur, causing a medical emergency. Depending on the severity of the attack, patients can experience muscle weakness, difficulties with speech, or partial paralysis.
Hemorrhagic strokes are often the most damaging, caused by either a brain aneurysm burst or a weakened blood vessel leak. Although hemorrhagic strokes are rare, they are responsible for 40 percent of stroke-related deaths.
Blood clot blockages are typically the reason behind ischemic strokes, a more common condition. High blood pressure and cholesterol levels can contribute to the possibility of stroke with age.
Who is at risk for a stroke and how can someone recognize the signs of an attack?
What can be done to prevent a stroke and what does rehabilitation looks like if it happens? What resources are available in San Antonio?
- Michele Patterson, stroke program director for Baptist Health System
- Kassandra Hunt, stroke program coordinator for Methodist Hospital and volunteer for the American Stroke Association
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