Strokes are both dangerous and common, and the month of May is dedicated to recognizing their signs in order to save lives. Strokes come in two forms: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes happen when a vessel transporting blood to the brain is blocked, and account for most of the strokes people have. Hemorrhagic strokes, in contrast, are due to a blood vessel opening and spilling blood into the brain. Steps to reduce a risk of stroke include maintaining a healthy blood pressure, body size, blood sugar and cholesterol level. Someone who is experiencing a stroke may show drooping in his or her face, difficulty speaking clearly, and a lack of hand grip strength.
Read more: May is Stroke Awareness Month