This three-page handout educates people about stroke, which is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to the brain is decreased or stopped. It explains that a blood clot, plaque, or a leak in a blood vessel can block blood flow, and clarifies the difference between a stroke, which is a block that causes permanent damage, and a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or mini-stroke, which is a warning sign of a future stroke. It identifies signs of a stroke, emphasizing that 911 should be called immediately, and lists options for care which are based on the type of damage that has occurred. The document discusses risk factors for stroke, and recommends ways people can prevent them from occurring.
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