HEALTH MATTERS: Stroke signs? Get help right away

We’re coming up on National Stroke Awareness Month. Did you know that every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain, or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Although many people think of stroke as a condition that affects only older adults, strokes can and do occur in people of all ages. In fact, nearly one-quarter of all strokes occur in people younger than age 65.

Getting help right away for a suspected stroke is extremely important. I know the hospital where I work partners with the Illinois Neurological Institute to allow for fast response times and successful treatment stories. But not everyone has access to a specialized stroke-care center or is educated about stroke symptoms and when to seek help.

Basically, if you or someone you know exhibits the signs or symptoms listed below, you need to call 9-1-1 immediately:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination.
  • Severe headache with no known cause.

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