Would you know if you were having a stroke? What if someone you were with were having one? I ask because I had several patients recently who did have strokes. One had severe headache but refused to let his family members take him to the hospital. Another did a lot of cleaning and cooking in preparation for the upcoming holidays. She complained that her balance was off. Then she became very fatigued and went to bed. Her family let her stay in bed sleeping for three days before getting her to the hospital.
Both of these patients suffered strokes. Unfortunately, both died. When someone has a stroke, time is of the essence. A stroke means that brain cells are injured and dying.
If you were having a stroke, would you know? Would you recognize that someone you were with was having a stroke?
Here are the most common signs of a stroke:
- Sudden headache with no cause
- Sudden dizziness
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden difficulty speaking and/or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden weakness of the face or in an arm or leg, especially if it is on one side of the body
- Sudden numbness of the face or in an arm or leg, especially if it is on one side of the body
- Sudden difficulty walking
- Sudden loss of balance or coordination
You don’t have to experience all of these signs to be having a stroke. And the signs may only last a short time. If you or someone you are with experiences even one of these you must get help immediately. Get help even if the warning sign goes away and you return to normal. Two million brain cells can die every minute during a stroke. Fast treatment may save your life. It may mean the difference between returning to your previous independent lifestyle and requiring nursing home care, a walker or wheelchair, etc.
You don’t want to have a stroke. What can you do to prevent one? Subscribe to the newsletter and find out. You don’t want any of your family or friends to have a stroke. Tell them to subscribe. Send them to saynotostroke.com, and have them sign up.
If you do experience any of those warning signs, you could be having a stroke. Get help right away! Time saves brain cells! It may even save your life, or someone else’s.
Every Day …Say NO To Stroke!
AB Fraser, MD