Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, with 40,000 to 50,000 people hospitalized each year for strokes, and about 15,000 of these being fatal. Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain, interrupting the supply of blood and oxygen to the brain cells in the area. The breaking of a blood vessel in the brain and the resulting bleeding can also cause a stroke. In both types of stroke, brain cells may die, causing the parts of the body they control to stop functioning.
When somebody has a stroke, every second that goes by is crucial. As brain tissue and millions of neurons begin to fade away, time could not be more precious. That’s why it’s so important to get the care you need immediately if you or someone you know may be having a stroke. Also while the risk of stroke increases with age, in many cases lifestyle changes can decrease your chances of having a stroke.