A stroke or a “brain attack” is a sudden interruption in the brain's blood supply. When the blood supply is interrupted, your brain no longer gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs, therefore causing brain cells to die by the minute.1
An Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS) occurs when a vessel supplying blood to the brain is blocked. Ischemic strokes account for about 87% of all strokes.2
Stroke is an emergency. It’s imperative to know the symptoms.
Use the letters in “F.A.S.T.” to spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1.
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
There are several ways Acute Ischemic Stroke can be treated:
About Stroke. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke
Ischemic Strokes (Clots). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/types-of-stroke/ischemic-stroke-clots
Mozaffarian D, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2017 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017;135:e119-361