Understanding Stroke

What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blockage or burst happens in the blood supply to the brain. You may hear a stroke being referred to as a "brain attack."

According to the CDC, symptoms of stroke include:

  • Severe Headache
  • Vision Problems
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Dizziness
  • Coordination Issues
  • Numbness in the arm, leg or face  

Symptoms have a tendency to happen suddenly.  Risk of having a stroke has been to shown to increase for those with:

  • Diabetes
  • Poor dietary choices
  • Lack of physical activity.

The region of the brain that the stroke occurred tends to determine the effects. The three types of stroke include:

·       Ischemic Stroke- This type is the most common and is caused by a blockage or clot inside an artery that leads to the brain.

·       Subarachnoid Hemorrhage- This type is caused from an abrupt artery rupture that causes blood to fill the area around the brain.

·       Intracerebral Hemorrhage- This type is caused from an abrupt artery rupture that causes blood to fill inside the brain. 

If you have had one stroke you may also be at risk of having further neurological issues related to stroke. There are resources, support groups and more available to individuals who have sustained various forms of strokes. While your life has changed, it does not mean that your quality of life of life must also be affected.  Venture Forthe offers support and home care services for individuals who have suffered a stroke. Below are links for further information in regards to stroke.  If you need more assistance with stroke resources contact an Outreach Specialist at Venture Forthe who could assist you with identifying what type of resources that may exist for your specific situation. 

CDC 

Headway of WNY: Support Groups

American Heart and Stroke Association