Strokes happen when blood flow is blocked by a clot or a blood vessel bursts. There are three main types of stroke, identified by their causes:
There are telltale signs and symptoms when any of the three types of stroke occur. It’s critical to be able to spot them in yourself or a loved one and get emergency medical care immediately so doctors can begin specialized stroke treatments to help minimize damage and maximize the chances of recovery.
Strokes affect people of all ages and ethnicities, but certain medical conditions and habits can put you at a higher risk for a stroke. One in three Americans have at least one risk factor, but you can help prevent a stroke by making healthy lifestyle changes and seeing your doctor.
AHN Stroke Centers are specially equipped to treat strokes and other cerebrovascular diseases that affect blood flow to the brain. Our certified centers are located throughout western Pennsylvania and Erie.
Talk with a doctor about your stroke risk factors and what you can do to help prevent a stroke. You can request an appointment with your current AHN primary care physician (PCP), or make an appointment with a new one near you by calling (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677.
You can also use our virtual appointment options for the most convenient appointment possible.
Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information: Golden hour of acute ischemic stroke
Source: American Stroke Association.