Stroke Alert   



Stroke Alert

 
There are specific warning signs of an impending stroke. By recognizing the warning signs and taking action, you may be able to reduce its severity.

Transient Ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke) is a warning of an Impending stroke. Early identification of symptoms and a diagnosis from your doctor greatly reduce the chances of a major stroke.

The warning signs, referred to in medical terms as a TIA, may be anyone of the following:

• Sudden blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes

• Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, or in either an arm or leg on either or both sides of the body

• Difficulty speaking or understanding

• Dizziness, loss of balance or an unexplained fall

• Difficulty swallowing

• Headache (usually severe and of abrupt onset) or unexplained change in the pattern of headaches

These warning signs may occur alone or in combination. They may last only a few seconds or up to 24 hours and then disappear.

These signs should not be ignored.

They indicate a hidden problem with blood flow that could trigger a stroke.

EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF STROKE

According to a prominent neurologist, if a victim of a stroke is diagnosed within 3 hours, the effects of the stroke can be reversed.
You can recognize a stroke victim by asking 3 simple questions:
*Ask the individual to SMILE.
*Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently. (i.e. It is sunny today.)
*Ask the individual to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
*Ask the person to stick out his tongue. If the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, it is also an indication of a stroke.

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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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