Is an ischemic stroke serious?

Steven A. Meyers, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Yes, strokes are very serious medical emergencies that require urgent treatment. Strokes can lead to death and permanent disability. Emergency treatment can lessen these risks and improve long term outcome.
Yes, an ischemic stroke is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. People who suffer a stroke need emergency medical attention in order to prevent as much damage to the brain as possible. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, and even with early treatment, many people who suffer a stroke will have lasting damage to the brain that may affect their mobility, speech, memory, or other functions.

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