Is it a stroke?
From the Summer 2009 Issue of Discover RUSH Oak Park
Would you know if you were having a stroke? The symptoms can come on suddenly and may last only a few seconds. Too often, people donít recognize the signs ó and donít get the timely treatment they need.
A stroke happens when blood flow to part of the brain is cut off by a blocked or burst blood vessel. The affected area of the brain canít get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die. The sooner blood flow is restored, the less damage to the brain and the better the chance for recovery. In certain situations, medication can restore blood flow and prevent further damage. Thatís why itís so important to get medical help at the first sign of a stroke.
When to call.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms below, call 911 immediately.
- Sudden weakness or numbness 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, severe headache with no known cause
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.