STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY! Call 911 immediately
if you or someone you are with is having a stroke!
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A stroke occurs when a blood flow in the brain is disrupted either by a blood clot or a ruptured vessel. This process is similar to that which occurs in a heart attack. Deprived of oxygen, the nerve cells in the affected area of the brain cannot function and often die. The parts of the body controlled by those cells are then unable to function.

Stroke Risk Factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Physical inactivity
  • Overweight/obesity

Warning Signs of Stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

For more information: 2013 Minnesota Stroke Fact Sheet (PDF: 155 KB/2 pages)

Minnesota Stroke Partnership

MDH convenes partners to address stroke issues. For information about participating, please visit the Minnesota Stroke Partnership website or contact us at (651) 201-5401.

Minnesota Stroke Registry Program

MDH encourages hospitals to participate in this performance improvement program. We offer a free web-based data collection tool, regional education workshops, learning collaboratives, and assistance to help hospitals become acute stroke-ready. For information about participating , visit the Minnesota Stroke Registry Program website or contact us at

To submit data and run quality reports, click on this link to get to the Minnesota Stroke Registry Tool.


Updated Monday, 24-Mar-2014 12:18:37 CDT