Stroke is the brain equivalent of a heart attack. It is a cerebrovascular disease that occurs when the flow of blood does not fully reach the nerve cells of the brain. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It causes more serious, long-term disability for adults than any other disease. The time-to-treatment can mean the difference between life, death or rehabilitation for a victim.
The longer blood flow is cut off to the brain, the greater the damage. That's why it's important to get to the Emergency Care Center at the first sign of symptoms. Brain injury may be reversed or minimized with early treatment.