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Stroke --How Do You Know If You're Having a Stroke

You're having dinner with friends when you start to feel
funny. Something is not right but you shrug it off? It
happens all the time.  How do you know when that "funny
feeling" is nothing to worry about and when it is stroke?

Stroke is a medical emergency. It is an earthquake inside
your body. It is a tsunami inside your brain.  It may save
your live to learn how to recognize the warning signs and
to act on them quickly.  The minutes you save can save
your life or save you from a lifetime of life dealing with the
devasting aftereffects of a stroke.


source: American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association wants
you to learn the warning signs of stroke:

Sudden numbness or weakness
of the 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

Be prepared for an emergency.

Keep a list of emergency rescue
service numbers next to the telephone
and in your pocket, wallet or purse.
Find out which area hospitals are
primary stroke centers that have
24-hour emergency stroke care.
Know (in advance) which hospital
or medical facility is nearest your
home or office.
Take action in an emergency.

Not all the warning signs occur in every stroke.
Don't ignore signs of stroke, even if they go away!
Check the time. When did the first warning
sign or symptom start? You'll be asked this
important question later.
If you have one or more stroke symptoms
that last more than a few minutes, don't delay! Immediately
call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical service (EMS) number
so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can
quickly be sent for you.
If you're with someone who may be having stroke
symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or the EMS. Expect the
person to protest — denial is common. Don't take "no" for
an answer. Insist on taking prompt action.

For stroke information, call the American Stroke Association
at 1-888-4-STROKE or visit their Web site.

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