Simple steps to avoid a stroke

SALISBURY — Melissa Guisti Braislin, stroke progam coordinator at Sharon Hospital, took a group through the basics of strokes on Saturday morning, April 28, at Noble Horizons.

Braislin said that strokes are 80 percent preventable. That was the good news.

The bad news was that strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

With ischemic strokes, a blood vessel to the brain is blocked. This is more common than the hemorrhagic stroke, in which a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Hemorrhagic strokes are more deadly.

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