Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | February 18, 2013

Know the Symptoms of Stroke

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 130,000 Americans die from stroke annually. A stroke affects the brain, and the primary types include ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. There is also what is known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA) which may be a warning sign of stroke.

  • An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke and occurs when a blood clot or plaque blocks the supply of blood in part of the brain.
  • A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts.
  • A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a warning sign or “mini stroke” during which some of the signs of stroke may be evident, but it does not result in permanent damage. Seeking medical care for a TIA can help prevent stroke in the future and can help to identify underlying medical conditions.

Symptoms of Stroke – Common signs include:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness in facial muscles, arm and/or leg.
  • Difficulty walking, sudden dizziness and/or loss of coordination.
  • Sudden confusion and difficulty with speech or comprehension.
  • Sudden vision impairment in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

If you suspect someone is having a stroke, seek medical attention immediately!

 

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Stroke Facts.  http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm.

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Types of Stroke. http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/types_of_stroke.htm.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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