What is stroke?

Stroke is the sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. Strokes cause symptoms depending on the area of the brain affected and the extent of brain damaged in this process.  Common deficits can include speech and language problems, facial droop, weakness and numbness of the arms and legs, dizziness, and/or walking problems.   

How common is stroke?

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of the death in the US.  It affects nearly 800,000 people and kills 130,000 each year.  

How is stroke treated?

Stroke is treated with agents that prevent or block blood clot formation or coagulation of blood.  These include drugs that inhibit the function of platelets and/or proteins involved in the blood coagulation process.