Daniels, 73, suffered the stroke Jan. 15 and was treated at a hospital in Durango, 230 miles southwest of Denver. He then was airlifted to a Denver hospital and released on Sunday (Jan. 17).
What You Need to Know About Stroke
Strokes are a condition caused by a lack of blood supply to the brain or by hemorrhage ( bleeding) within the brain.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, but most strokes are not fatal. Depending on the area of the brain that is damaged, a stroke can cause coma, reversible or irreversible paralysis, speech problems, visual disturbances, and dementia.
Factors that increase the risk of certain types of stroke include hypertension, diabetes, elevated levels of high cholesterol or homocysteine, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) of the blood vessels that supply the brain.
What Are The Symptoms?
Symptoms of stroke include weakness, numbness, or inability to move an arm or leg; sudden and intense headache; severe dizziness or loss of coordination and balance; difficulty with speaking or understanding; and blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes.
People with stroke may also have seizures, vomiting, drooling, and difficulty swallowing. Some people experience temporary warning episodes of neurologic symptoms called transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) before suffering a complete stroke. People experiencing symptoms suggestive of having suffered a stroke or a TIA require immediate (emergency room) medical attention.
Reduce Your Risk of Stroke
Several types of strokes can strike the brain with little warning, but you can cut your risk for future strokes. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful:
- Modify your diet. Reduce stroke risk by eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish.
- Steer clear of smoke. Kick the habit and avoid secondhand smoke.
- Trim down. Shed those extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight.
- Work in a workout routine. Being a couch potato increases your stroke risk, so be sure to get regular exercise.
- Take a test. Visit your doctor for a series of tests to determine if you have problems with high blood pressure or high blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, or glucose; all may increase your risk of stroke.
These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.