Friday, April 26, 2013

Stroke Signs

Do you know the signs of stroke?

Presented by the National Institutes of Health is an eight minute informative video. Or you could watch this one:

No, really… Watch them both. One could save your life and the other is some funny, funny stuff.

Sinbad, he’s bad-ass and all but his stand-up isn't going to save your life. Stroke is serious. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of long-term disability in adults. Approximately 600,000 new strokes are reported in the United States every year. The good news is that treatments are available that can reduce the damage caused by a stroke.

However, you need to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and get to a hospital quickly. Getting treatment within 60 minutes can prevent disability.

The symptoms of stroke are distinct because they happen quickly:

- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you believe someone is having a stroke – if he or she suddenly loses the ability to speak, or move an arm or leg on one side, or experiences facial paralysis on one side – call 911 immediately.


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