Signs of a Stroke

2Anyone can be at risk for a stroke.  A stroke occurs when there is interruption of the blood flow to the brain.  When this happens the brain cells in the immediate area of the interruption begin to die..

It is extremely important to know who is most at risk for having a stroke.  You need to know what are the signs of a stroke.  If you have any of the symptoms of a stroke it is imperative you seek immediate medical help.  Time is most important.  Prompt treatment can make the difference between life and death or severe disability.

A stroke may cause paralysis, problems with your thinking process, problems with speech, emotional problems, numbness, pain, and/or confusion.

There are two kinds of strokes.  The vast majority of strokes are called ischemic stroke.  This happens when a blood clot plugs or blocks a blood vessel or artery in the brain.  The less common type stroke is called a hemorrhagic stroke and is caused when there is a break in a blood vessel in the brain.

You may be more in danger of a stroke if:  you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, smoke or are overweight.  You can help your risk situation by controlling the blood pressure, heart disease, cholesterol and diabetes.  Stopping smoking and losing weight also go a long way to helping your stroke prevention.

There are some warning signs of a stroke that everyone needs to know.  Signs of a stroke happen very quickly and may include:  trouble walking, weakness in the arm, leg or face (especially on one side of the body), trouble seeing in either one or both eyes,  double vision, trouble walking, being dizzy, feeling out of balance or uncoordinated,  trouble talking or understanding speech or being confused, a severe  or unusual headache for no apparent reason.  These can all be signs of a stroke and immediate medical help is needed.  Time for treatment  is short if you hope to avoid the medical problems caused from a stroke.

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