Am I having a Stroke?!
Stroke is such a scary word and an even scarier experience. A Stroke happens when the blood supply to a part of your brain is either interrupted or severely reduced depriving your brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes..your brain cells begin to die.
A stroke is a Medical Emergency and should not be treated lightly. Prompt treatment is crucial and can minimize brain damage and potential complications. Strokes can be treated and even prevented….leading to fewer people dying of a stroke.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of a Stroke since getting treatment immediately is so important!!
- Trouble Walking
- Trouble Speaking or Understanding
- Numbness of the Face, Arm or Leg
- Trouble Seeing in one or both Eyes
- Sudden, Severe Headache
Think of the word “FAST” to determine if you or someone you know is having a Stroke:
- Face – ask the person to smile….does on side of the face droop?
- Arms – ask the person to raise both arms…does one arm drift downward?
- Speech – ask the person to repeat a simple phrase…is their speech slurred or odd?
- Time – if you observe any of these signs..call 911 immediately…and note the time symptoms began. Don’t wait to see if the symptoms go away!! Every minute counts if someone is having a stroke!!!
There are many different types of stroke and they are caused for different reasons. It may be caused by a blocked artery, a blood clot, a leaking or burst blood vessel. Follow the link to the National Stroke Association for a more detailed description of the types of strokes and their treatment.
Many factors can increase your risk of having a stroke…
- Overweight or Obesity
- Physical Inactivity
- Heavy or Binge Drinking
- Illicit Drug Use
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Family History
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