Warning Signs of a Stroke

You’re probably familiar with symptoms of a heart attack, but are you aware of symptoms of a stroke? Due to recently receiving some information from the American Stroke Association, and the fact my mom never fully recuperated from a stroke…I thought it was important to share the warning signs of a stroke. In simple and easy-to-understand terms, a stroke is a heart attack affecting the brain. Your brain is not receiving enough blood and oxygen due to an arterial blockage happening.

The sooner you receive treatment after a suffering a stroke, the less severe your symptoms will be. As the saying goes…”time lost is brain lost”. Receiving treatment within three hours can reduce long-term effects and potential disabilities. All symptoms occur suddenly and without warning.

Here are the warning signs to look out for:

* Trouble seeing in either eye.
* Numbness or weakness in your face
* Confusion
* Speaking problems..meaning you’ll be incoherent and others cannot understand what you’re trying to say
* Severe headaches without known cause
* Trouble understanding what is being said to you
* Walking difficulties
* Loss of Balance
* Loss of coordination
* Dizziness

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact 911 immediately. Also, remember to record what time you notice the symptoms, to help emergency personnel determine severity level.

Hoping your and yours never experience a stroke, but being aware of this medical emergency and how to handle can help a life.

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