A stroke is a sudden interruption of blood flow to a region of the brain, due either to a blockage in, or the bursting of, one of the vessels supplying that region. The interruption of blood flow leads to the injury and death of brain cells, and can thus result in paralysis, cognitive impairment, and other significant disabilities.
Today, early interventions are available to reduce the likelihood of such disabilities after a stroke. Know the signs of stroke so that you can seek medical help immediately . . . .
SIGNS OF STROKE
* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg.
* Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding.
* Sudden and severe headache, without a known cause.
* Sudden dizziness, loss of steadiness or coordination.
* Sudden nausea and vomiting, unrelated to viral illness.
* An episode of unconsciousness or convulsions.
This category is dedicated to stroke information resources. Supportive message boards and discussion lists for stroke survivors and their family members may be submitted to the "Support Groups" subcategory; websites of regional and national stroke organizations may be submitted to the "Organizations" subcategory.
With respect to this category, a "center" is an institute or facility involved in the study, prevention, or treatment of stroke--a sudden interruption of blood flow to a region of the brain, caused by a blockage or rupture in a vessel supplying that region.
Sites submitted to this category should contain details about an institute''s or facility''s mission and stroke programs.
This category is dedicated to regional and national stroke organizations. Supportive message boards and discussion lists for stroke survivors and their family members may be submitted to the "Support Groups" subcategory; other resources may be submitted to the parent category.
Strokes ( also called cerebro-vascular accidents or CVA ) can occur in babies and children of all ages, including unborn babies. The causes and symptoms are usually different from those in adults.
Sites listed here will be concerned primarily with strokes in children
If your site is about strokes in general, it should be submitted here instead.
Groups in this category serve the support needs of survivors, caregivers, and others who have been affected by stroke. They offer opportunities for individuals to meet and share experiences in person or via the Internet.
You are encouraged to read available disclaimers and privacy policies before participating in a group.