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High blood pressure significantly increases a person’s risk of having a stroke. Strokes are a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, and severe strokes are deadly.

The most common type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke, which is when a blood clot blocks an artery into the brain. Another type of stroke is called a hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by a ruptured blood vessel within the brain.

Although some stroke damage is reversible, ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes can both result in part of the brain dying from lack of blood and oxygen. This affects the part of the body that is controlled by the damaged part of the brain.

Symptoms of stroke may include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Stroke symptoms also may include sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, sudden vision problems, dizziness, loss of balance, or an abrupt, unusually severe headache. If you or someone you know ever experience any of these symptoms, this is a medical emergency. Getting immediate care can greatly affect the long-term outcome of a stroke.

Fortunately, it’s possible to protect against a stroke. Knowing and reducing your risk factors, such as high blood pressure, can lower your risk. Ask your provider for more information about strokes and their warning signs.