STROKE: WHAT IS A STROKE
A stroke is often referred to as a "brain attack," cutting off blood and
oxygen to the brain cells that control everything we do, from speaking, to
walking, to breathing. Most strokes occur when arteries are blocked by blood
clots or by the build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits.
Stroke Signs and Symptoms
Knowing the signs of a stroke can help you or someone you know get quick
treatment. Warning signs of stroke usually appear very suddenly and there is
often more than one.
Common signs of stroke include:
Numbness in the face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body
Slurred speech or trouble speaking
Blurred vision or trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Dizziness, loss of balance, trouble walking or coordination
Severe headache with no known cause
What to Do? Call 9-1-1
A stroke is a medical emergency. Any ONE of these symptoms is a reason to
take action. At the first sign of stroke, call 9-1-1 right away!
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.
The faster you call for help, the better your chance for a full recovery.
Every second counts! Every minute matters!
To learn more about stroke, click on the links below:
factors for stroke
test for stroke