Strokes are among the leading causes of death in the United States. Nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer from a stroke every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a stroke occurs in the United States every 40 seconds. When someone begins to show signs that they may be suffering from a stroke, knowing the warning signs is the first step to a healthy recovery from stroke.
Stroke Symptoms to Look For
When a stroke occurs, time is critical. The faster a stroke can be identified, the faster a patient can be transported to a hospital. This can mean the difference between life and death. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke is the surest way to give the victim their best chance at recovery. The signs include:
- Numbness concentrated on one side of the body
- Blurred vision
- Sudden loss of equilibrium
- Trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Problems with attention or awareness
Act Fast to Get Help
Quick recognition of a stroke can give the patient a much-needed advantage. The sooner that a patient can receive medical treatment, the more likely their chances are for survival and recovery.
Act quickly and calmly to check for other signs of a stroke. Ask the potential victim to test their ability to perform simple tasks like smiling, raising their arms, and saying a common phrase can help to determine if they are suffering from the symptoms of a stroke. Also, don’t be afraid to contact emergency medical services to get help right away.
How to Prevent a Stroke Before it Ever Happens
You won’t need to spot signs of a stroke if you never have one. You can’t always guarantee your health, but there are measures you can take to decrease the risk of having one.
It’s also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and give your body the best possible chances to avoid a stroke in the first place. A lack of smoking, regular exercise, and good blood pressure can help lower your risk for stroke.
Talk to a Doctor About Stroke Prevention
Strokes takes the lives of over 100,000 people every year in the United States. Although many people may believe that only the elderly are at risk, people under the age of 65 account for almost one in four of cases of stroke.
Talk to your doctor about what you can do to lower your risk from stroke. Give us a call at 888-428-8895 or contact us online to set up an appointment with one of our physicians about a healthy future.
Dr. Michelle Riley, DO.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.