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
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.