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What are some common myths about strokes?

Following are some common myths and facts about strokes:

Myth: Strokes only happen to older people.
Fact: Strokes can happen at any time. Even infants can have a stroke.

Myth: Strokes don't require immediate care.
Fact: The earlier a stroke is treated by a medical professional, the more options a care team will have to treat the stroke.

Myth: A stroke is inevitable.
Fact: Modifying lifestyle can greatly reduce the likelihood of a stroke.

One of the biggest myths about strokes is that it can only happen to older people, which is not true—anyone at any age can have a stroke. Watch as neurologist Carolyn Brockington, MD, explains why everyone should know the symptoms and be prepared.

Dr. Reza Jahan, MD
Neuroradiologist

Here are some of the common myths about strokes:

Myth: Strokes are not preventable.
Fact: Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

Myth: Strokes cannot be treated.
Fact: There are a number of stroke treatments, but immediate treatment is the key to success.

Myth: Strokes happen only in the elderly.
Fact: Anyone can have a stroke.

Myth: Strokes happen in the heart.
Fact: Strokes happen within the brain, when the blood supply is cut off.

Myth: If you haven't recovered from a stroke in six months, you won't recover any further.
Fact: Stroke recovery can continue a whole lifetime.

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