Stroke: What You Need to Know

WHAT IS A STROKE?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked or bursts (ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and the oxygen it needs and brain cells die.

faster-infographicPOSSIBLE EFFECTS OF STROKE

Motor and sensory function
The human brain is divided into several areas that control how the body moves and feels. When a stroke damages a certain part of the brain, that area may no longer work as well as it did before the stroke, which can cause problems with walking, speaking, seeing or feeling.

Functions of certain sides of the brain
The left side of the brain controls how the right side of the body moves and feels. It’s responsible for how well we can solve problems with science, understand what we read and what we hear, our number skills such as adding and subtracting, and reasoning. The right side of the brain controls the movements and sensation on the left side of the body. The right side of the brain also determines how artistic we are, including musical and creative talents.

Uncommon Symptoms of a Stroke

Uncommon stroke symptoms

Do you know the symptoms of a stroke? It turns out, specific symptoms are the direct result of where the stroke occurs in the brain.

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Fast to Faster

Stroke symptoms

Beaumont stroke experts created an updated acronym – FASTER – which adds two additional, but key, stroke symptom indicators.

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Stroke Risk

 


stroke guide

Download our comprehensive stroke resource booklet with information on prevention, recovery, treatment and more.

stroke centers

Five Beaumont hospitals throughout Southeast Michigan have earned the designation of Primary Stroke Center.