Strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability, but up to 80% of strokes could be prevented by making lifestyle changes and managing chronic conditions.*
There are three main types of stroke:
Strokes affect all populations and all age groups, but certain medical conditions and habits can put you at a higher risk for a stroke. One-third of Americans have
at least one of the following stroke risk factors:
If you lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, or the number on your scale, you can lower your risk of stroke. Quitting smoking and properly managing your diabetes with your health team can also help reduce your risk.
It’s crucial to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke so you or a loved one can get treatment as soon as possible. Delaying treatment makes recovery harder and leaves patients with a higher chance of long-term brain damage and disability.
Learn more about stroke prevention and treatment to save a life.
When patients experience stroke symptoms, it is crucial to receive an accurate diagnosis so they can start being treated as soon as possible. Strokes can be diagnosed using a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Some other tests may include a physical exam, blood tests, an ultrasound of the neck, or an echocardiogram.
AHN Stroke Centers are specially equipped to treat cerebrovascular diseases (related to the brain and blood vessels) and strokes. There are certified centers located throughout western Pennsylvania and Erie. In addition to treating stroke conditions, they also focus on neuroscience research that explores new diagnostic tools, medications, and surgical advances for strokes.