Do You Know the Signs of a Stroke?

Did you know that each year in the United States about 800,000 people suffer from a stroke? Of those, almost 600,000 are first attacks, and 140,000 of them will result in death. In the event of a stroke, it can be highly important to understand the warning signs and also understand what exactly you should do. Knowing this information could be the difference between someone living or dying due to stroke complications.

  • Difficulty Walking
  • Coordination Problems
  • Paralysis on One Side of Body
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Slurred Speech
  • Facial Drooping
  • Limb Weakness
  • Rapid Eye Movement
  • Confusion

Although most strokes in the United States occur in patients over the age of 65, anyone of any age, gender, and even race can have a stroke. If you notice yourself or someone else displaying signs of a stroke, get them help immediately. Time is of the essence when it comes to properly treating a stroke and saving a patient’s life.

What Is a Stroke?

A stroke is a medical event in which a patient experiences a sudden interruption of blood supply to their brain. The majority of strokes are caused by artery blockage leading to the brain and are called ischemic strokes. Other strokes may be caused by bleeding in the brain and are referred to as hemorrhagic strokes.

How to Help Someone Having a Stroke

If a situation takes place where you think someone may be experiencing a stroke, it is important to remain calm. Next, we suggest:

  • Calling 911. You should immediately contact 911 and inform them you believe someone is having a stroke. In the event someone is having a stroke, time is extremely important and no time should be wasted. Contact the person’s family and/or friends after help is on the way.
  • Taking notes. Any information about the person’s condition and the events that occurred can be very important for medical professionals. Note the time and any symptoms that occurred.
  • Staying with the stroke victim. In the event someone is suffering from a stroke, it is important to provide assistance as falling could result in further injuries and medical complications.