What are the Warning Signs of a Stroke?

Many warning signs may indicate a stroke. Depending on the function of the part of the brain being affected, the person suffering the stroke may become paralyzed, blind or unable to speak.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience any of these major stroke warning signs:

  • Sudden loss of speech
  • Slurred speech
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Sudden paralysis
  • Sudden weakness
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Sudden, severe headache, often accompanied by neck stiffness and vomiting.

What are the first signs of a stroke?

In severe cases, a person suffering from a stroke may become paralyzed, blind or unable to speak. But in other cases, signs may be more subtle. You should act quickly . . . call 9-1-1 right away and get the person to an emergency department . . . at the first signs of a stroke.

Why is fast action so important?

For every minute brain cells are deprived of oxygen during a stroke, brain damage increases. The chances for survival and recovery improve when treatment begins within the first few hours of stroke warning signs – often when a thrombolytic agent or "clot buster" medication is given within the first three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.

The best thing to do when you believe someone is having a stroke . . . CALL 911.

Diagnostic tools such as brain image scans help guide treatment, and neurologists conduct fast but thorough patient evaluations.

One way to check your risk level...

Devastating strokes and aneurysms often occur with no advance warning on noticeable symptoms. For that reason, vascular disease is often referred to as the "Silent Killer."

Union Hospital's Vascular Laboratory offers a low-cost screening test that could uncover hidden risks of vascular disease.

For information, call: 330-364-0856 or visit the Vascular Center's web site.

Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.

On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.

Stroke is the leading cause of death in the US. Each month, 15 to 20 Tuscarawas County residents have a stroke. Act FAST to get them treatment as quickly as possible.

Patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of experiencing first signs of symptoms tend to be healthier three months after a stroke than those whose care is delayed.

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