Is it a stroke? Getting appropriate medical treatment fast is essential and can lessen the damage to your brain.
We often think of someone who is undergoing a stroke as having half of their face or body momentarily paralyzed, and feeling numbness on one side. Other symptoms can also surface however, and it’s good to know what they are.
If you or someone you know suddenly has trouble seeing in one or both eyes, this can be a sign, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A severe headache that has no known cause can also be a symptom, as can mental and physical confusion. New trouble walking is also a common sign.
According to experts, stroke treatments work best if you get help within 3 hours of the first symptoms. So, get to the hospital quickly. The CDC recommends this quick test if you suspect someone is having a stroke:
F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.
Always call an ambulance in the case of stroke, to get to the hospital. Medical personnel can then administer life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.
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