I’ve been working on the FAQs for “Don’t Have A Stroke” and the first question I wanted to answer is, “what is a stroke?” I’ve talked to neurologists and I feel pretty comfortable giving the medical terminology, but I wanted to break it all the way down to where anyone can understand it. After all, this thing could happen to anybody who did what I did, meaning not giving my health enough attention. So here’s what I came up with: 

A stroke happens in the arteries in the brain. When an affected artery gets blocked, clotted or bursts, and keeps blood from getting to a part of the brain, those cells die within 3 to 4 minutes from the lack of oxygen and nutrients. Unlike other cells in your body, when brain cells die, they don’t come back. That’s why the areas those dead cells used to control manifest physically in what you see in stroke survivors. According to the American Stroke Association, there is a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States and a death every 4 minutes.

Is that plain enough for anyone to understand? I want to make sure that all my FAQ’s reflect real, everyday language. I’ll expand on this and do an entire FAQ page soon.

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