About Stroke

How to Recognize a Stroke

  • Stroke is a condition that happens when the brain is blocked from the flow of oxygen-rich blood
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular disease) ranked 5th leading cause of death in Kansas; in 2018, 1,277 Kansans died from stroke
  • Males who died from stroke did so at younger ages than did females (77 and 82 years, respectively)
  • Just over 3% of Kansans equal to 18 years of age had a history of stroke
  • The American Heart Association suggests that 74% of stroke risk could be attributed to major behavioral risk factors

View a Fast Stroke Recognition Flyer (PDF).

Stroke Is Treatable & Preventable

Getting fast treatment is important to preventing disability or death from stroke. The time it takes to recover from a stroke varies - it can take weeks, months, or even years. If you have had a stroke, you are at risk of having another one.

Risk Factors

The major risk factors for stroke include:

Other risk factors are:

  • Age
  • Family history of stroke
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Sex