When It Comes To Stroke, It's OK To Overreact
North American Precis Syndicate
Knowing the 10 signs and symptoms of stroke could make all the difference for a loved one. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Stroke affects more than 795,000 people in the United States
every year.1 Also known as a “brain attack,” a stroke
occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain is blocked by
plaque (acute ischemic stroke) or ruptures and bleeds (hemorrhagic stroke).2
If you suspect stroke, call 911 immediately.
The saying “time is brain” references the importance of
receiving immediate medical attention for a stroke before it starts affecting
brain function. Stroke is serious; quick treatment can be the deciding factor
between recovery and disability.2
How To Recognize Stroke
Would you or your loved ones know what to do in the event of a stroke?
It’s important to recognize all the ways in which stroke can present
itself to be best prepared in the case of a medical emergency as the symptoms
don’t always appear the same in every person.
Many people may be familiar with the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke, but could
you recognize all 10 signs?
2. Difficulty Understanding
4. Loss of Balance
6. Severe Headache
7. Trouble Speaking
8. Trouble Walking
9. Vision Changes
As with most symptoms, these are not unique to stroke but if they appear
quickly and are out of the ordinary, they may indicate a serious condition
that requires immediate attention.
If you recognize any combination of these signs, it’s okay to “overreact.”
Suspicion is enough reason to take action and call 911. Do not wait for
symptoms to subside. The right care—right away—has the potential
to save both lives and quality of life.4
Who Is At Risk?
While a stroke can happen to anyone at any time, certain factors can place
your loved ones at an increased risk of having a stroke.5 One of
the best ways to protect them from stroke is to know their risks and do what
you can do to help reduce them.
While you can’t control age or family history, there are many
manageable risk factors that can lower your loved one’s chances of
stroke. Some healthy life choices that decrease risk include:
• Not smoking or using tobacco products
• Limiting alcohol consumption
• Maintaining a healthy diet
• Exercising regularly.6
To learn more about stroke and how to recognize all 10 signs and symptoms,
Stroke Facts. Retrieved March 23, 2018 from https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm
Stroke 101: Fast Facts on Stroke. Retrieved March 23, 2018 from http://www.stroke.org/sites/default/files/resources/NSA_%20FactSheet_Stroke_101_2014.pdf
Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms. Retrieved March 22, 2018 from http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/WarningSigns/Stroke-Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms_UCM_308528_SubHomePage.jsp
About Stroke Treatment. Retrieved March, 26, 2018 from http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/Treatment/Stroke-Treatment_UCM_492017_SubHomePage.jsp
What is Stroke? Retrieved March 23, 2018 from http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/what-stroke
That Increase Risk for Stroke. Retrieved April 3, 2018 from https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/behavior.htm
“The 10 signs of stroke are confusion, difficulty
understanding, dizziness, loss of balance, numbness, severe headache, trouble
speaking, trouble walking, vision changes, and weakness. If you ever see or
experience them, call 911 immediately. http://bit.ly/2jKH0FU”
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