Recognizing Signs Of A Stroke
Every year, almost 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, depriving brain cells of oxygen. If a stroke is not caught early, permanent brain damage and death can result. The first step to preventing a stroke is being able to recognize its warning signs.
The most common symptoms of a stroke are:
- Loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Loss of speech
- Sudden confusion
- Trouble speaking or understanding what another person is saying
- Severe headaches with no known cause
- Loss of balance or unstable movements
- Weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
If you observe any of these symptoms or believe that an individual may be having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.