Stroke - Do You Know The Warning Signs?
The symptoms of a stroke are sudden:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, sometimes only on one side;
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech;
- Trouble seeing;
- Trouble walking or dizziness; loss of balance or coordination;and
- Severe headache with no known cause.
For African American, strokes are more common, and more deadly. Everyone can help prevent strokes by maintaining a healthy lifestyle including daily exercise, plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, not smoking, managing diabetes and high blood glucose with diet, exercise, and medications, keeping blood pressure under control, and maintaining a healthy weight.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops because it is blocked by a clot. here are two types of stroke - an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a clot plugging he blood vessel, and a hemorrhagic stroke, which is when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain. Both deprive the brain of blood, and brain cells start dying off immediately.
Everyone has a better chance of benefiting from treatment if they arrive at a hospital within 60 minutes after symptoms start, so knowing the symptoms of a stroke and calling 911 are critical! Stroke damage to the brain can cause paralysis, trouble thinking and speaking, and even emotional problems. If you suspect a stroke, act FAST!
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