Stroke – It’s a leading cause of death throughout the United States. The American Stroke Association suggests it is the fourth leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., and it can happen very fast. A Next Avenue post had some insights that are helpful in Manhattan and to any household.
What Is It?
There are two basics kinds of strokes. Ischemic strokes occur most frequently. A blood clot stops blood flow to the brain in cases like these. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when the brain’s blood vessels break and bleeding occurs in the brain.
What Does it Look Like?
Strokes have very noticeable symptoms. Often there is a sudden sense of numbness or weakness on one side of the body. It’s usually noticed in the face, arm, or leg. Sometimes there is confusion, too. You may notice the individual has trouble speaking or even understanding. The person could also have trouble seeing or difficulty walking. Maintaining balance is usually an issue, too. Occasionally a severe headache will occur as well.
There are other potential symptoms of stroke, though they tend to be less frequent. There could be a sudden round of nausea or a brief loss of consciousness. Sudden pain in the face or limbs could also be a sign of stroke. Shortness of breath may also signal the onset of a stroke.
There are a few of simple tests to decide if it’s a stroke:
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Ask the person to raise his arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Ask the person to say a simple sentence. Watch for garbled words and slurred speech.
If any of these symptoms are present, call 911 emergency services immediately. The “Time Lost is Brain Lost” campaign is absolutely true. The sooner medical attention is sought, the more likely it is that the person who suffers a stroke will fully or mostly recover.
To learn more about stroke and what you can do to help an individual experiencing a stroke with this Next Avenue post.
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