The statistics can be frightening: this year alone, close to 800,000 Americans will have a stroke. In many cases, strokes are fatal; in nearly all cases, they can cause serious, long-term disability, including paralysis, memory loss, and speech, language, vision and behavioral problems.
But the reality is much more hopeful: Strokes can often be effectively treated and—in many cases—completely prevented. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke and taking swift action can save your life and prevent long-term damage. Learn what happens during a stroke, and what steps you can take to lower your risk.