Know the warning signs for stroke

National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year.

According to the National Stroke Association (NSA), on May 11, 1989, President George Bush signed Presidential Proclamation 5975 designating May as National Stroke Awareness Month at the urging of NSA. Since then, National Stroke Association has been honoring this special time of the year to increase public awareness of stroke in an effort to conquer it.

Stroke is an emergency and must be responded to urgently so a doctor can evaluate whether or not treatment will help. It is important to notice the warning signs. Be sure to note the time when any symptoms first appear. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke. Read more about stroke treatment.

Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as quickly as possible.

Warning signs that you or someone you know might be having a stroke include:

• Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.

• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

• Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should call 9-1-1 immediately. The faster you get treatment, the better your chances are for recovery.

Up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented by working with a healthcare professional to manage risk. Although stroke can happen to anyone, certain risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes can increase chances of a stroke.

For more information about stroke prevention or symptoms, visit NSA’s website at http://www.stroke.org.

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