Your brain has 100 billion nerve cells and trillions of nerve connections, and requires a constant blood flow to keep working properly. A stroke or "brain attack," occurs when this blood supply fails and brain tissue is starved of blood. Within four minutes of being deprived of essential nutrients, brain cells begin to die from the resulting lack of oxygen. Stroke can be devastating to individuals and their families, robbing them of their independence and dignity. Stroke ranks is one of the most common causes of death and of adult disability. Stroke occurs in all age groups, in both sexes, and in all races in every country. 25% of strokes occur in people under 45 years of age. Educate yourself about stroke. Check out the topics below for further information.
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