According to the American Heart Association, someone in the United States, where ischemic stroke is a leading cause of death, has a stroke about every 40 seconds. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. A patient’s ability to recover depends on how quickly they receive medical attention, and what kind of treatment is provided.
Signs of a stroke include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness in the leg, face or arm, typically on one side of the body
• Confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech
• Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Problems with walking, including loss of balance or lack of coordination
• Severe headache that appears for no apparent reason
Stroke has been treated with clot-busting medication for nearly 25 years in the U.S. Not all strokes can be treated successfully with medication.