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A stroke can turn a family's entire world upside down. A person who once lived independently suddenly may need help with everything, from swallowing and speech to going to the bathroom. How much care someone will need after a stroke isn't always obvious at first, but knowing what challenges may be ahead can help you cope with that uncertainty.

Not worried about stroke? You should be. It's a leading cause of death and disability -- but it can be prevented. Discover 7 stroke websites everyone should know.

What is a stroke? A stroke can be ischemic or hemorrhagic -- ischemic stroke is from a blood clot, and hemorrhagic is from a ruptured blood vessel.

To diagnose a stroke, a variety of tests may be needed. Here are some of the commonly used methods for stroke diagnosis.

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