Stroke Signs and Prevention





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Published on Dec 14, 2010

Sandy Solomon, RN Stroke Coordinator at Barnes-Jewish Hospital discusses signs and symptoms of stroke as well as stroke prevention. For more information about stroke, visit http://www.barnesjewish.org/neuroscie...

What are the signs and symptoms of stroke?
• Difficulty with your vision -- one or both eyes
• Difficulty with your speech
• Facial droop in which one side of the smile line is lower than the other
• Numbness or tingling of the arms and/or legs, especially on one side
• Difficulty with walking due to imbalance or due to weakness
• Sudden onset of confusion or severe, unrelenting headache
These all should be addressed with a call to 911.

Why you need to call 911 as soon as you recognize stroke symptoms:
• EMT's are able to recognize stroke symptoms and are then able to let the proper institution know so that patients can be taken care of quickly and appropriately
• Clot busting drug tPA can only be administered within 3 hours of stroke symptoms

What can stroke do to you?
• Loss of the ability to talk
• Loss the ability to understand what others are saying to you
• Loss of mobility
• Equilibrium can be set off
• Etc.

What you can do to minimize your risk of stroke:
• Listen to your body
• Take control of your medical history and control the factors that you can by going to the doctor and taking your medications regularly

For more information about stroke, visit http://www.barnesjewish.org/neuroscie....


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