Be Fast To Identify the Common Signs of Stroke

Did you know that stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability amongst adults in the United States?

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Although stroke is often associated with older adults, anyone at any age can have a stroke. In fact, 20 percent of strokes occur in people under the age of 55.

A stroke is a medical emergency and treatment should be sought immediately, so it is important to identify the signs and symptoms of stroke quickly. The acronym “BE FAST” may help:

Balance: Sudden loss of balance, difficulty walking or dizziness
Eye: Loss of vision

Face: Facial droop or asymmetry
Arm: Weakness
Speech: Slurred speech, difficulty speaking, trouble understanding others or confusion
Time: Call 911 now!

A stroke may present with just one of the above symptoms or a combination. Other common signs and symptoms may include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg or a sudden severe headache with no known cause. The earlier a stroke is recognized and treated, the greater the chance of recovery.

You can minimize your risk of stroke by focusing on these lifestyle behaviors:

  • Eat a healthy diet and reduce saturated fats
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be physically active, and exercise regularly
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Prevent or treat health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes

If you are a stroke survivor, Good Shepherd offers comprehensive post-acute rehab and wellness services to help you regain independence and restore function.

To learn more about Good Shepherd’s stroke rehabilitation program, call 1-800-44-REHAB (73422) or contact us online today.
 

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