Jay Harold’s goal is to help you create a broad base of knowledge on the diseases that affect African-Americans the most. Having this information readily available is important when you or a loved one is faced with a healthcare crisis.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood, or there is sudden bleeding into or around the brain.
The symptoms of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination; or sudden severe headache with no known cause. There are two forms of stroke: ischemic – blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain, and hemorrhagic – bleeding into or around the brain according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Stroke is the Third leading cause of death for African Americans. The risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for blacks than for whites, and blacks are more likely to die following a stroke than are whites. Jay Harold discovered that the RESCUE fact sheet on Strokes provided very good, easy to read information on the subject.
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