Stroke is Leading Cause of Death in Children

NATIONWIDE-- According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, with one person dying about every 40 seconds.

Doctors say it can effect people of all ages, even infants. A stroke is an occurrence in the brain related to altered blood flow. When it happens, brain cells are lost and can result in permanent damage.

Dr. Hugh Jackson with Mercy Hospital said warning signs to look out for include facial drooping, speech changes, and other asymmetrical body responses.

Jackson said strokes can be especially dangerous for infants because they aren't able to communicate what's happening, and while they aren't directly preventable research and awareness is key.

Jackson said, "Time is absolutely of the essence. When there is diminished blood flow to the brain we know that if we can act quickly, we can intervene and hopefully salvage any kind of functional status that people have."

Jackson said a good relationship with your healthcare provider, and the ability to act quickly can limit long-term effects from stroke.

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