Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and death in this country. It can result in permanent disability in about 2/3 of cases. What is a stroke? It happens when there is reduced blood flow and oxygen to the brain. This can occur from a clot or hemorrhage. Warning signs may include trouble speaking, weakness on one side of the body, dizziness, changes in vision, severe headache, and trouble walking. Stroke is a medical emergency which requires prompt attention. When patients are able to get to the hospital fast enough, a medication can be given to break up the clot and minimize long term disability. The longer you wait, the greater the damage. Don’t delay treatment!