It is important for people of all ages to realize that strokes are very serious. Along with this, a stroke can cause permanent damage. As you age, it is vital that you learn as much as you can about strokes including warning signs and tips for prevention.
Five Warning Signs Of A Stroke
The American Stroke Association suggests that everybody be aware of the following five warning signs of a stroke.
- Sudden onset of weakness or numbness of the leg, arm, and/or face, particularly on one side of the body.
- Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes.
- Sudden confusion along with the inability to understand others or trouble speaking.
- Sudden trouble with walking including dizziness and loss of balance.
- Sudden headache without reason.
As you can see, the word “sudden” is used in all five of the warning signs as outlined by the American Stroke Association.
Unfortunately, many people who begin to suffer from these symptoms wait too long to seek medical attention. The moment that you notice these signs in yourself or another, you must call 9-1-1.
Along with seeking immediate medical attention, it is important to check the time so that you know when the symptoms first appeared. If treatment is received within three hours of the onset of symptoms, certain drugs such as a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), can be administered to reduce long term disability often times related to a stroke.
Knowing the warning signs of a stroke is the first step in avoiding permanent damage.
If you suddenly begin to experience one or more of the signs above, immediately call 9-1-1. The sooner you receive medical attention the better.