Are You at Risk for a Stroke?
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Are You at Risk for a Stroke?

Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. See how much you know about stroke prevention.

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Are You at Risk for a Stroke?
Are You at Risk for a Stroke?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions best describes the effect of a stroke on your brain?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above. There are two kinds of strokes. The most common is an ischemic stroke, or a blockage in the brain that keeps blood from reaching the brain. The second kind is a hemorrhagic stroke, or one where blood pools on the brain.

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Which of these is a symptom of a stroke?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Stroke symptoms include numbness, trouble walking and trouble speaking or understanding. You may also have weakness or pain on one side of your body and visual disturbances.

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Which of these is a risk factor for a stroke?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Risk factors for stroke include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inactivity, obesity, heavy drinking, amphetamine use and family history.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these is considered a healthy blood pressure score?

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The correct answer is: For an adult, optimal blood pressure is 120 over 80 mm HG (millimeters of mercury), although it can range from 110 over 70 to 140 over 90.

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True or false: Sleeping more than eight hours a night increases your risk of high blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. People who sleep more than eight or less than seven hours each night have an increased risk of hypertension.

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True or false: When dealing with a stroke, the timing of treatment is critical to the degree of damage as well as survival.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you think you're having a stroke it's important you call for help immediately. The timing of treatment is critical to the degree of damage as well as survival.

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What acronym can you use to test responses if you think someone may be having a stroke?

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The correct answer is: If you believe someone is having a stroke, use the F.A.S.T. test: Face: Ask the person to smile and see if one side of the face droops; Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms to make sure both arms are functioning; Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence as a way to check for slurred speech; Time: Time is precious when dealing with a stroke, so call an ambulance right away.

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True or false: Most strokes are not painful.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to one study, 80 percent of strokes are not painful. However, a stroke can sometimes include painful symptoms such as a sudden, severe headache. Other symptoms include numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs, vision problems in one or both eyes, confusion and having trouble speaking.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's possible to have a stroke without any outward symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is true. This is called a silent stroke. Silent strokes are confirmed by an MRI or CT scan of the brain.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions can be a result of a stroke?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A severe stroke can permanently destroy massive numbers of brain cells, resulting in paralysis, speech difficulties and even death.

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True or false: Children cannot have strokes.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Children can have strokes. However, the causes of stroke differ greatly between children and adults.

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Which of these conditions may cause pediatric strokes?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pediatric strokes may be caused by birth defects, trauma, congenital heart disease, infections (such as meningitis) and blood disorders.

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What is a mini-stroke?

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The correct answer is: A "mini-stroke," or transient ischemic attack (TIA), occurs when blood flow is temporarily cut off to the brain, causing stroke-like symptoms. Symptoms resolve within a few minutes or hours (usually within 24 hours), but they are your body’s warning to contact your doctor right away.

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How many people who experience a mini-stroke will later have a stroke?

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The correct answer is: More than one-third of people who experience a "mini-stroke" or transient ischemic attack will later have a stroke.

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What condition are you at an increased risk of developing in the days following a stroke?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Stroke patients are very susceptible to serious complications that can include seizures, brain swelling and pneumonia.

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Which of these can be used to treat a stroke?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Aspirin therapy, medications and surgery can all be used to treat stroke. People who have hemorrhagic strokes may require surgery to control bleeding and prevent another hemorrhage. People with ischemic strokes are usually given aspirin or other anticoagulants to help increase blood flow in the brain. Doctors may perform surgery to help remove blockages from an artery.

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Which of these preventative measures may help lower your risk for a stroke?

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The correct answer is: Having your blood pressure checked regularly can help monitor for high blood pressure, which can help prevent a stroke.

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Which of these lifestyle changes may help lower your risk for a stroke?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Quitting smoking, losing weight, limiting your intake of salt and exercising on a regular basis are all lifestyle changes you can make to help lower your risk of stroke.

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Which of these factors affects how quickly you will recover from a stroke?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Many factors influence post-stroke outcomes. The size and location of the stroke are very important. The person's age and other medical conditions can also impact stroke recovery.

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True or false: Once a stroke has destroyed a portion of your brain, it can never be repaired and begin functioning again.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Though it's often believed that portions of the brain damaged during a stroke are lost for good, preliminary animal research suggests this may not be true. It may be possible for your brain to regenerate synapses that can eventually restart the transportation of information in the affected brain area.

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