Introduction to Stroke

If someone you love has suffered a stroke, it's important to help him or her stay positive and hopeful about the future. And if you have had a stroke, learn ways to keep fatigue and depression at bay.

Stroke—sometimes referred to as a "brain attack"—can cause profound changes, such as paralysis and memory loss, which must be handled with patience and perseverance.

Fortunately, many new therapies can greatly reduce the damage caused by stroke and help you get back to functioning more easily.

Even if you have one or more risk factors for stroke—such as having had a prior stroke—there's a lot you can do to reduce your risk of future stroke. Please read on to learn how. We'll also help you learn what to do when you or someone you're with suffers a stroke, plus what you can expect after a stroke has occurred.