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Mercy's Stroke Guide

Are you or a loved one at risk for stroke?

Mercy can help you find out.

Each year, nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of long-term, chronic disability.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain can’t get the oxygen it needs, and brain cells die. Left untreated or treated too late, stroke can be devastating – even deadly.

Mercy’s stroke guide includes important information you need to know about stroke, such as:

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Tests and treatments
  • How stroke affects you
  • Your risk factors
  • How to help prevent stroke