What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked (by narrowing or a clot formation) or ruptures. When this happens, the brain is deprived of its necessary blood flow, and begins to die.In other words, if blood is blocked in any way from reaching the brain tissue that needs it, the brain tissue becomes damaged and functionality may never be regained.
Reduce your risk of stroke by reducing your blood pressure
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, damages arteries so they burst (hemorrhagic stroke) or clog (ischemic stroke) more easily. Managing your high blood pressure is the most important thing you can do to lessen your risk for stroke. Track your blood pressure daily and watch out for high risk trends, to literally save your life.