by Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Did you know that women are more likely to have a stroke than men?
In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in women (it’s the fifth leading cause of death in men).
Rapid medical treatment is a key ingredient to recovery. Knowing what the symptoms of stroke look like can help you determine when someone needs help. The sooner a person having a stroke gets to the hospital, the better as it is now possible to intervene immediately the way physicians save lives for those suffering heart attacks.
Seek help when these 5 stroke symptoms arise:
- Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, double or blurred vision
- Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
When it comes to determining if someone is having a stroke, remember the word “FAST” – this acronym was created by the National Stroke Association to identify stroke warning signs.
F – FACIAL DROOPING: Ask the person to smile. Is one side of the face drooping or hard to move?
A – ARM WEAKNESS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
S – SPEECH DIFFICULTIES: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Do you notice slurred speech or trouble forming words?
T – TIME: Time lost is brain lost. If you notice any of the above symptoms, call 911 right away.
If you suspect someone is having a stroke, always call 911. It’s important to act FAST.
Avoid these 5 stroke symptoms with stroke prevention techniques
Remember, the majority of strokes are preventable.
Eating more fruits and vegetables, getting sufficient exercise, and transforming how you respond to stress and tension can significantly decrease stroke risk. In fact, the transcendental meditation study demonstrated a 48% reduction in heart attack, stroke, and sudden death in individuals who meditate for just 20 minutes each day!
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