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Stroke Prevention and Treatment 

A stroke is a medical emergency caused by reduced flow of blood to the brain. There are several different types of strokes. Some are caused by a blood clot in the brain and others are caused by bleeding in the brain.

Strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States*, but up to 80% of strokes could be prevented with lifestyle changes.** Learn what you can do to lower your risk of stroke and know how to identify one when you see it.

How to lower stroke risk

While one-third of Americans have at least one major stroke risk factor***, certain populations are more prone to strokes. Women in particular have a higher risk of stroke and are more likely to die from one than men, mainly because they may have unique symptoms that aren’t immediately identified as a stroke symptom.****

Black Americans who smoke are twice as likely to develop a stroke than Black non-smokers.*****

If you can lower or manage these stroke risk factors, you can lower your risk of developing a stroke. 

Stroke risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Type I and II diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Sickle cell disease (anemia)

Identify a stroke in progress: Act fast to save a life

Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke could save your life, or someone else’s. Getting emergency help as soon as possible can minimize the risk of long-term disability or death that can occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen. 

Signs of a stroke

the five signs of a stroke include facial drooping, body weakness, off balance, trouble speaking, and vision problems
When it comes to a stroke, if you see any of these signs you need to act
fast and call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room:
  • Facial weakness or drooping
  • Arm, face or leg weakness, especially on one side of the body
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Speech difficulties or confusion
  • Changes in eyesight or vision problems 

When women experience a stroke, they often report these symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness or fainting
  • General weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden behavioral change
  • Hallucination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Hiccups

AHN Stroke Center for advanced treatments

AHN Stroke Centers have  advanced treatments for major strokes that include medications that dissolve blood clots and surgical procedures to remove clots. Mini strokes, or transient ischemic attacks (TIA), can be treated and managed with lifestyle changes, including adopting a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and taking a blood thinner or other medication.

Contact us

To schedule an appointment or learn more about AHN neuroscience services,
call (412) 359-8850.

If you're an existing patient, you can also call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 in Pittsburgh or request an appointment with AHN neuroscience services.