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Stroke Centers

Know the Warning Signs. Act Quickly

A stroke is a serious event where blood is cut off from the brain. Strokes can be treated, but they need to be attended to by medical professionals as soon as possible. Every minute a stroke is left untreated, a person is at greater risk for suffering permanent brain and/or nerve damage. If your family has a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, you are at an increased risk of having a stroke. It is important to learn your risk factors and ensure you have a response plan in place should a stroke ever occur.

BE FAST – know the symptoms of stroke

The easiest way to identify strokes is with the B.E. F.A.S.T. system:

  • Balance – Have you lost your balance, felt a sudden headache or "thunderclap" headache, or felt dizzy?
  • Eyes – Is your vision blurry?
  • Face – Is one side of the face numb or drooping? Is it possible to smile?
  • Arm – Do you have feeling in both arms? Can you raise them both up without one drifting down?
  • Speech – Can you speak with slurring words? Are you able to form coherent sentences?
  • Time – Call 911 immediately if any of the above symptoms occur. Every second counts during a stroke.

Some other symptoms of a stroke include memory loss and fatigue. You have higher stroke risk factors if you drink excessively, smoke, have hypertension, or have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is difficult to see a stroke coming, so learning your risk factors is very important for preventing long-term stroke damage.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A TIA is similar to a stroke, except it is shorter and does not do permanent damage. Some people even refer to it as a “ministroke.” While TIAs do not have the same impact as a stroke, they are nothing to take lightly. Suffering a TIA means you are much more likely to have a full stroke later on. The silver lining here is that having the ministroke should alert you to your high risk-factors and give you a chance to prevent a stroke from occurring.

While a TIA does not necessarily warrant a trip to the emergency room, you should still seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor will want to confirm the event as a ministroke and start you on a stroke prevention plan. This may include medication, exercise, dietary changes, and stress management.

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