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Stroke Education and Support Groups

Stroke Education

About Stroke

About Stroke Cerebrovascular disease refers to a group of conditions that affect the supply of blood to the brain, causing limited or no blood flow to the affected areas. One such condition is stroke. A stroke can occur when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and it starts to die.

Types of Stroke

Ischemic Stroke (Clots).

An ischemic stroke is most common and is caused when a blood vessel inside the brain is clogged or blocked off.

Hemorrhagic Stroke (Bleeds).

This is caused when a blood vessel in the brain bursts causing blood to leak into the brain tissue and is called an intracerebral hemorrhage. Another type of hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened vessel leaks into the area around the brain and is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).

This is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. Since it doesn’t cause permanent damage, it might seem like no big deal. But ignoring it is a big mistake because a TIA may signal a full-blown stroke ahead.

Stroke Education

At McLaren, we provide a comprehensive education book about stroke, treatment, therapy, diet, medication and post stroke care and FAQ’s. Please use the link below to access the American Heart Association “Let’s Talk About Stroke” education fact sheet library. Talk About Stroke Education Library

Various education topics from the American Heart Association "let's Talk About Stroke" education library

With strokes, it pays to BE FAST

Two million brain cells die each minute after a stroke occurs. The sooner you recognize the symptoms and seek help, the better. Every minute from stoke to treatment counts. This is why we say, with stroke-time equals brain.

  • Balance: The sudden onset of loss of balance
  • Eyes: A change in eyesight—blurred vision, double vision, loss of vision
  • Face: When you smile one side of the face does not move
  • Arms: The arm doesn’t move or it drifts when you try to move it
  • Speech: Trouble producing or understanding speech (for instance, slurring your words)
  • Time: If you see any of these symptoms, call 911. The key to effective stroke treatment is early symptom recognition and getting to the hospital for treatment.

Stroke Support Groups

This educational and support series is for stroke patients, those at risk for stroke, and their family members. We talk monthly about the challenges and victories that we have faced recently, as well as gather to learn new information about a variety of topics including health issues related to stroke, exercise and stroke recovery, nutrition and healthy choices to name a few. We also participate in social outings to experience each other’s company and to regain confidence in our community mobility skills!

Events

stroke services

Stroke Survivors Support Group - McLaren Port Huron

1221 Pine Grove Avenue
Port Huron

rehabilitation, stroke services

Stroke Education and Support Group

G-3170 Beecher Rd
Flint

stroke services

Bay Area Stroke Support Group

3190 East Midland Road
Bay City

neuro services, stroke services

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

820 Arlington Avenue
Petoskey
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