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Stroke Myths and Facts

Stroke is a medical emergency. If you believe you or someone near you is having a stroke, call 911 immediately!


St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT Department Of MedicineLike other serious illnesses and conditions, stroke “enjoys” a reputation that is sometimes based on false assumptions, or stroke myths. Stroke is serious by its very nature, targeting cells in the body - and in particular, those in the brain - that cannot survive without blood flow to bring them nutrients and oxygen.

Since all of our physical systems and organs, from the nervous system to our heart and lungs, are dependent on brain function, damage to the brain produces far-reaching, potentially lethal effects.

Knowing stroke’s signs and symptoms as well as the risk factors for stroke is every person’s first line of defense against its potential devastation. Understanding stroke well enough to be able to tell its myths from reality will also help. 

Stroke  Myth                                                  

  • Stroke is unpreventable.                                               
  • Stroke cannot be treated.                                   
  • Stroke only strikes the elderly.                            
  • Stroke happens to the heart.                               
  • Stroke recovery only happens for a few months following the stroke.                                  

Stroke Fact

  • Stroke is largely preventable.
  • Stroke requires emergency treatment.
  • Stroke can happen to anyone, at any age.
  • Stroke is a brain attack.
  • Stroke recovery continues throughout life.

Learn more

Stroke patients and caregivers can learn more about stroke at the following websites:

St. Vincent’s was named Gold Performance Achievement Award winner by the American Stroke Association guidelines program, which uses key measures for 24 months to make its determination. These include immediate use by the Stroke Center of effective medications and therapies as well as smoking-cessation.

Our goal at St. Vincent’s Primary Stroke Center is to decrease the number of strokes, to give both hope and assistance to those who have suffered stroke, and to help those in our community who been touched by stroke.

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To speak with a St. Vincent's Care Line representative, call (877) 255-7847

To speak with somone at the front desk of the Medical Center, please call (203) 576-6000

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