Bon Secours Stroke & Epilepsy Services

Recovering from a Stroke

In the United States there are over 500,000 new and approximately 200,000 recurring strokes every year.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in adults. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability. Many first and recurring strokes are preventable with lifestyle changes and medication.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly slowed or stopped or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood or there is sudden bleeding into or around the brain. There are two forms of stroke: ischemic – blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain, and hemorrhagic – bleeding into or around the brain. Both forms require immediate care in an Emergency Department, preferably in a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center.

Every minute after the onset of stroke can lead to irreparable damage to the brain. After the onset of symptoms, you have a limited time to reach the Emergency Department and be eligible for current medical treatment. Do not delay, seek help immediately and remember, TIME IS BRAIN!