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    Samaritan Stroke Services has the knowledge and experience you need when suffering a stroke. Our team of specialists includes emergency room doctors, neurologists, nurses, speech language specialists and many others who work together to stop and reverse the damaging effects of a stroke.

    What is a stroke?

    A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted and cannot supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Brain tissue dies without oxygen and blood flow must be restored. The only drug approved by the FDA, known as the "clot-buster," must be given within three hours from when the stroke first started.

    What are the types of strokes?

    A stroke can occur in two ways. In an ischemic stroke, a blood clot blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain. About 85 percent of all stroked are ischemic. In a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain breaks and bleeds into the brain. About 15 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.

    Know your risk factors and talk with your physician

    Non-modifiable risk factors

    • Previous heart attack
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Race
    • Family history

    Modifiable risk factors

    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol levels
    • Heart disease (especially atrial fibrillation)
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Smoking
    • Metabolic Syndrome
    • Excessive alcohol intake
    • Previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) - warning stroke

    We are proud to provide outstanding health care to our Oregon communities including Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Newport, Salem and neighboring areas.

    Signs and symptoms of a stroke - think FAST

    Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and what you can do to improve the chances for a successful recovery.

    F - facial droop, numbness, vision problems or changes
    A - arm (or leg) feels weak or different, trouble walking, dizzy, change in balance and coordination
    S - speech, words garbled, confusion
    T - time, call 911 immediately

    Stroke Facts

    • Each year 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke
    • Every 40 seconds someone will have a stroke
    • Every three minutes someone dies from a stroke -- it's the third leading cause of death
    • Close to 46,000 more women than men will have a stroke
    • Twice as many women die from strokes as from breast cancer every year
    • 30 to 50 percent of stroke survivors do not regain functional independence

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