First, if you’re Googling this now because you think you or someone you are with might be having a stroke, CALL 911 RIGHT NOW AND TELL THE OPERATOR TO SEND AN AMBULANCE. TELL THE OPERATOR YOU THINK YOU ARE HAVING A STROKE. Do it now. Do not wait. Do not read on.
For those of you who are just curious, though, or spend all your pre-sleep hours thinking about all the things that could possibly kill you in the future, note that every year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer strokes. If left untreated, strokes can cause permanent brain damage or death, and in fact, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in adults nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.