According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year. Approximately 87% of strokes that occur are known as ischemic strokes. But what exactly is an ischemic stroke?

An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flowing to the brain is blocked by something like a clot. That's in comparison with hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when an artery in the brain begins leaking.

It's important to know and understand the signs of stroke, so that you can seek immediate medical attention at a hospital like Parkridge Medical Center. Read on to learn more.


While there are some risk factors of ischemic stroke you cannot change, such as increased age and female gender, there are a number of risk factors you can change. Take these steps to help limit your risk:

  • Avoid drugs and limit alcohol consumption.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Maintain good cholesterol and blood pressure numbers.
  • Stop smoking.

Warning Signs

While you can take steps to lower your risk, you can't entirely eliminate it. That's why it is important for you to know the symptoms and seek prompt care if they occur.

Seek care if:

  • The person is experiencing numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially located on one side of the body
  • The person is confused or is having trouble understanding
  • The person is having trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • The person experiences sudden dizziness or has trouble walking or loss of balance
  • The person has a sudden and/or severe headache for no obvious reason

Time is limited when stroke occurs, so seek medical care immediately so treatment can begin.

Parkridge Medical Center is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center designated by The Joint Commission. If you or a loved one experience a stroke, our knowledgeable and experienced team is here to help.