Do you know the warning signs of stroke?
American Stroke Association statistics have found that 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, which means that a stroke occurs approximately every 40 seconds. Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States.
A stroke happens when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a blood clot or bursts. When someone has a stroke, the brain is unable to get the oxygen and blood it needs and part of the brain begins to die. Permanent brain damage or death can occur if medical treatment is not administered quickly enough after a stroke.
Stroke Warning Signs
Don’t let yourself or someone you love become a statistic. Time is of the essence during a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, an FDA-approved clot-busting drug called tPA may reduce long-term disability if administered within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.
Know the warning signs for stroke and seek help as soon as possible:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion or trouble understanding things
- Trouble speaking
- Sudden vision changes or trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Dizziness or loss of balance/coordination
- Sudden trouble walking
- Severe headache with no known cause
You can download and print a list of stroke warning signs here.
If you suspect that you or someone you are with has had a stroke, call 911. The emergency department at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been designed to provide fast, effective care in emergency situations and we utilize the newest advanced equipment to better serve our patients. Learn more about Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point online or by phone at (727) 819-2929.