this could save someone close to you...

on Jun 11, 2015 @ 11:40 am

hi!! i was reading this and thought it was really good info. i think everyone should read this article. it just may safe a life.Common warning signs of a stroke

Stroke can be treated if detection and treatment happen quickly. But would you know if you or a loved one was having one?

Research shows that close to 800,000 Americans have a stroke every year. About 140,000 die from them. It's estimated that one out of every 20 deaths in the United States can be linked to this brain-damaging condition.

Of course, stroke prevention is the best approach to lower the statistics, but the problem will always exist. Still, medical experts say the number of deaths and the number of people suffering significant health damage would be lower if we all could spot the warning signs of stroke.

What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when the blood to the brain is cut off or reduced. The brain can't get the required oxygen and nutrients. As a result, brain cells start to die. When brain cells die and stroke occurs, both physical and mental abilities controlled by the brain, including muscle and memory control, can be lost.

After a stroke, a person can be left with impaired judgement, impaired mobility, difficulty with perception, unusual emotions, significant speech impairment, memory loss and problems from neglecting the affected side of the body. Depending on the area of the brain that is affected, the impairment can be mild or severe.

Think FAST to spot a stroke
Communications experts say that close to 90 percent of what we say comes from non-verbal cues. In other words, our body language can tell people a lot. Spotting a stroke is like reading body language. The American Stroke Association says that we have to think and react fast if we want to catch a stroke. The letters F-A-S-T represent the key warning signs that someone could be having a stroke:

F — stands for one side of the person's Face dropping. It could be numb. Ask the
       person to smile and see if he or she has an uneven smile.

A — ask the person to raise both Arms. If one arm is weak or one arm drifts 
       downward, this is a sign.

S — is the person's Speech slurred? Can they speak at all?

T — it is Time to call 911 if any of these symptoms occur. You should also check 
       the Time so you know when the signs started to happen.

Some stroke sufferers will complain about other symptoms such as blurred or blackened vision, as well as headache, dizziness or altered consciousness. Stumbling and loss of balance can also be an early sign.


3 Replies

Stroke on Jun 11, 2015 @ 11:44 am

Thank you so much for sharing this! It's absolutely important to know the warning signs. It could save your own life or the life of dear ones. You have a better chance of recovering fully when a stroke is treated quickly, so your information may help someone act promptly.

this could save someone close to you... on Jun 11, 2015 @ 11:50 am

Thanks so much blubie for sharing this very important message. I just recently I mean in the last couple of weeks went to a service for my Uncle John he had suffered from a severe stroke. The warning signs are so important because if caught early enough with medical attention it could help lesson the effects of the stroke as well as prevent death. Great Post.

Pupils on Jun 11, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

I'm sorry for your loss Chrissyann and wish you and your family the best during this difficult time.

I just wanted to add another warning sign. When I trained for First Aid, I was told to also look out for the person's pupils. If they are unequal sizes, this could also be a sign that a stroke is on the way or that they've already had one and to get them examined as soon as possible.


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