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5 Warning Signs of a Stroke

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Stroke is the #3 cause of death in the U.S., but it is one of the leading causes of disability. The damage done by the lack of oxygen to the brain during a stroke can be permanent. And when recovery is possible, it can be long and arduous.

Doctors agree that one problem is that lots of people don’t realize they’re having a stroke, and bystanders don’t recognize the symptoms of a stroke either. If people can act fast enough, the progress of a stroke can stopped and disability reduced. The clot-dissolving drug, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is an emergency treatment that must be applied within 2-3 hours of symptoms.

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Here are 5 warnings signs of a stroke in progress:


1.
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially if it’s just one side of the body.

2.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

3.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

5. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you note these symptoms in yourself or someone else, you should call 911 immediately and take an ambulance to the nearest hospital. By calling 911, the hospital will be alerted to the arrival of a potential stroke victim and that will help you get immediate treatment, rather than arriving on your own and sitting in a corner waiting to be seen.

Sometimes people can feel unsure of whether a stroke is really occurring and if they should initiate action. Here’s a quick way to “test” someone you think may be having a stroke:

Remember the acronym F.A.S.T.

Face: Ask the person to smile? Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S
peech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are their words slurred? Do they have trouble repeating you?

Time: Time is of the essence. If the person has any ONE of these symptoms, call 911 and tell them you think a stroke is occurring. It’s best to have an ambulance arrive because something severe could happen on the way to the hospital that emergency personal could deal with.

The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Don’t be shy about taking action. If you or someone you know is having these stroke symptoms, brain cells could be dying. Every minute counts!

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