Spine & Neurosciences Institute

Stroke awareness

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the No. 3 leading cause of death in the U.S. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability.

The Aspirus Rehabilitation Unit at the Aspirus Spine & Neurosciences Institute helps stroke patients in the recovery process and helps families cope with and understand the situation.

What is a stroke?

Strokes occur when a blood vessel in your brain either forms a clot or bursts, restricting the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain. During this process, oxygen and nutrients are unable to reach the affected area of the brain, causing cells to die.

When a stroke occurs, it can affect your vision, speech, motor skills and other bodily functions.

You may be having a stroke if you experience a sudden onset of:

  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

  • Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech.

  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

  • Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.

  • Severe headache with no known cause.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

More Information

There are different types of strokes and there are things you can do to decrease your chances of suffering a stroke. To learn more about strokes, talk to your doctor or look through the topics below for more information.