Stroke: Recognizing the Warning Signs
A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients. Without prompt treatment, a stroke can cause permanent brain damage, disability, or even death. It is important to know the warning signs of a stroke and seek immediate medical attention if they occur. Common warning signs of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body); sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding; sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes; sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden severe headache with no known cause. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help save a life.