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May is American Stroke Awareness Month. Know the signs and symptoms to save a life.


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What is a Stroke?

 There are 3 types of strokes that occur when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted.

 

Ischemic Stroke (Caused by Blood Clots)

Occurs when a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain is obstructed. It accounts for 87% of all strokes.

 

Hemorrhagic Stroke (Brain Bleeds)

Occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures this is cause by an aneurysm or weak blood vessel usually caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure.

 

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA or Mini Stroke)

Is a “warning stroke” caused by a temporary clot. Take this warning sign for stroke seriously and call 911

 

What are the Signs of a Stroke?

Knowing the signs can save lives. If someone you observe is having these symptoms, call 911.


Use the letters in F.A.S.T. to spot a Stroke

F = Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

A = Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?

T = Time to call 911 – Stroke is an emergency. Every minute counts. Call 911 immediately. Note the time when any of the symptoms first appear.


Other Stroke Symptoms - Watch for Sudden:

  • NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body

  • CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech

  • TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes

  • TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  • SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause


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