Cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke are a major problem in America, but an area known as the Stroke Belt suffers from 34 percent higher risk than the rest of the country. This 11-state region spans across the South, with the highest prevalence in Mississippi. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia also make the list.
A stroke is essentially a brain attack (rather than a heart attack) that occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Deprived of much-needed oxygen, brain cells begin to die and limit the brain’s ability for muscle control and memory. Strokes can range from minor, resulting only in temporary weakness of an arm or leg, to serious, resulting in permanent brain damage, paralysis, or death. Continue Reading