When someone is having a stroke every minute counts. Faster treatment means a better chance of recovery. Consider this article and learn about signs of stroke.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is damage to the brain. It occurs when blood flow to a certain area of the brain has been cut off and brain cells die from lack of oxygen. Where it occurs and how much of the brain is damaged will determine the effects.
According to the National Stroke Association:
- Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.
- A stroke happens every 40 seconds.
- Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke.
- Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.
- Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
What are the warning signs of stroke?
The acronym FAST makes it easy to remember the signs of a stroke.
Face drooping – is the face lopsided or numb? Can the person smile?
Arm weakness or numbness – can the person raise both arms?
Speech difficulty – slurred speech or difficulty speaking
Time to call 9-1-1
Other signs of stroke and symptoms can occur separately or with those mentioned above. Be on the lookout for numbness on one side of the body, confusion, trouble seeing, severe headache and dizziness, loss of balance and trouble walking.
Learn these signs and remember to act FAST.