Strokes are the number one cause of adult disability in the United States.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted.

In every case, it’s an emergency. Affected areas of the brain can begin to die within minutes, causing permanent damage to speech, vision, and movement.

Smokers, people over 65, men, African-Americans, and those with a family history of stroke all have a higher than usual chance of having a stroke.

Women using birth control pills have a greater risk of stroke if they also smoke. The risk is even higher if they are over 35 or have high blood pressure.

Depending on the location and the damage caused by a stroke, many people recover fully following physical or occupational therapy, combined with other treatment and lifestyle changes to prevent recurrences.