Stroke: Know the Facts
If you were having a stroke, would you know it?
A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain is blocked by a blood clot or ruptures. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of permanent disability in the U.S. According to the American Stroke Association, more than half of all strokes are caused by uncontrolled hypertension. Talk to your primary care physician about your risks. Risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Atrial fibrillation
- Physical inactivity
At Maury Regional Medical Center, board certified neurologists and ICU nurses are specially trained in stroke patient care. Maury Regional also offers comprehensive neurological rehabilitation, including occupational, physical and speech therapy.
Common Signs of Stroke
The American Stroke Association encourages F.A.S.T. as an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke and when to call 911.
- Face Drooping
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
- Arm Weakness
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech Difficulty
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- Time to call 911
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
The faster you seek medical help, the better your chances for recovery. Today, clot-dissolving drugs have the potential to dramatically reduce long-term disability if given within three hours of stroke onset. Even if symptoms are brief and end quickly, it could be a warning sign for a major stroke. Stroke is a serious medical emergency and quick response can make all the difference.
Learn the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Heart Attack Warning Signs
- Chest discomfort such as pressure, tightness or pain
- Discomfort in other parts of upper body
(arm, jaw, back, or neck)
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual fatigue
- Nausea, light-headedness, or cold sweat
Call 9-1-1 immediately if any of
these symptoms are present
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