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Stroke: What to do when you feel one

Strokes happen when not enough blood gets to the brain. In return brain cells die or stop working in the part of the brain where functions like breathing, moving, thought, and behavior tend to be affected.

Signs of strokeStrokes can cause:

  • Problems with speech
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Paralysis
  • Numbness

Signs of a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in face, leg, arm on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion or memory loss
  • Blurry vision in one or both of the eyes
  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance
  • Sudden, severe headache

Call 911 immediately if you or someone near you are feeling those symptoms. The longer blood flow is cut off to the brain, the greater the damage. Immediate treatment can save people’s lives and enhance their chances for successful recovery.

You can prevent a stroke by watching your blood pressure, cholesterol, and take measures to avoid heart disease and diabetes, and if you are a smoker – quit.