The medical term for a stroke is a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA). Strokes are the fifth most common cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of disability for those who survive.
A stroke happens when a blood vessel that carries nutrients and oxygen to he brain is either blocked or ruptures. When that happens, time is critical. The longer parts of the brain are deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the more severe the damage as brain cells begin to die. Recognizing these common signs and symptoms of stroke could save your life, or the life of someone you love.