At any moment you find that a family member or friend could suffer from a stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, in the U.S., killing over 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
A stroke or "brain attack" occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Source: National Stroke Association
Did you know that the National Stroke Association has published a helpful guide book regarding all aspects of what to do after someone close to you has a stroke? This guide explains some of the things you need to know about questions to ask at the hospital, asking about tests and getting copies of the results for future care (note: be sure to ask why some tests are run and if they are really necessary), creating your care team, and rehabilitation.
Here is the link: http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/CarelivingGuide_Full.pdf?docID=9070