• Stroke is a condition that happens when the brain is blocked from the flow of oxygen-rich blood.
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular incident) ranked 5th leading cause of death in Kansas; in 2018, 1,277 Kansans died from stroke.
  • The American Heart Association suggests that 74% of stroke risk could be attributed to behavioral risk factors.

How to Recognize a Stroke

View a Fast Stroke Recognition Flyer (PDF).

Strokes Are 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