Learn About Strokes

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to an artery in the brain is blocked (a clot), or a blood vessel breaks, causing brain cells in the area to die. Brain cells do not regenerate. The problems experienced after a stroke, like the inability to move one side of the body, numbness on one side of the body, speech or visual problems, are usually a result of brain damage.

Persons who have had one stroke are at risk of having another stroke. It is important that you practice stroke prevention now, and this guide will help you and your family do just that.

Warning signs and symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

What To Do If You're Having Symptoms of a Stroke

  • Not all the warning signs occur in every stroke. Don’t ignore signs of stroke, even if they go away!
  • Check the time. When did the first warning sign or symptom start? You or the person who is with you will be asked this important question later. This is very important because, if given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.
  • If you have one or more stroke symptom(s) that last more than a few minutes, don’t delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical service (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can quickly be sent for you. Do not drive yourself. When communicating with EMS or the hospital, make sure and use the word “STROKE”.
  • If you are with someone who may be having stroke symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or the EMS. Expect the person to resist going to the hospital. Don’t take “no” for an answer because "Time Lost is Brain Lost."
After a stroke, it may seem that no one understands what you're going through. You may feel isolated and adrift. The Acadiana Stroke Support Group is here to help. We are a support system for survivors and families, to provide that 'life raft' of hope and understanding on the road to recovery. Register online today or for more information, call 289-7740

Also learn more about Strokes, Stroke Prevention and Risk Factors by downloading our Stroke brochure!