Recognizing Signs Of A Stroke

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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.


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