Understanding stroke and risk factors

Explaining stroke
An easy-to-understand guide to stroke, including causes, types of stroke and how to reduce risk for stroke. View the interactive guide or download the PDF.

FAST: Save a life
There's treatment for stroke if you act FAST. Learn an easy way to identify the signs of a stroke. View the video and tool

Know your stroke risk
Take this short test to determine your risk of stroke. You'll need to know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. View the PDF.

Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., medical director of Providence Stroke Center, explains stroke risk factors in this video expert from Your Role in Stroke Prevention.

A Hole in the Heart: The Link between PFO & Stroke: Read about how Patent Foramen Ovale, or a hole in the heart, can affect stroke risk. View the PDF

Stroke Prevention

Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable by working to manage personal risk. Learn about how to reduce risk and how to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms. View the PDF.

High Blood Pressure and Stroke: This brochure discusses how managing high blood pressure can reduce stroke risk. View the PDF
 
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Don’t ignore a TIA or mini-stroke just because the symptoms go away within 24 hours. Here’s why. View the PDF.

Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., medical director of Providence Stroke Center, explains a transient ischemic attack (TIA) in this video expert from Your Role in Stroke Prevention.  

Ask the stroke experts
Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., and Lisa Yanase, M.D., Providence Brain and Spine Institute, answer basic questions about stroke. Read the article
 
Can I prevent stroke? How can I reduce my risk? Why is timing so important? Get the answers to these questions or submit your own. Watch videos and see article answers.

Recommended Resources 
American Stroke Association Website 
National Stroke Association Website 
National Stroke Association: Women and Stroke 
The Internet Stroke Center