When to Go: Signs and Warnings of Stroke
Strokes are often referred to as brain attacks. They are the nation’s fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of preventable long-term disability. Someone experiences a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. The No. 1 risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure (hypertension). A stroke typically comes on suddenly, with no warning signs. Quick diagnosis and treatment is crucial to preserving healthy brain tissue.
If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.
If one or more of these symptoms is present, don't delay: get help FAST
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, and altered mental status
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
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