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What are symptoms of a stroke?

Published On: Apr 16 2013 11:12:29 AM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 08:39:48 AM CDT
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Getting immediate medical attention for a stroke is crucial to attempt to minimize its effects. If a person suffers from these symptoms they should seek help, according to the National Stroke Association.

 

-          Sudden numbness or weakness in their face arm or leg. This is especially important if the symptoms occur only on one side of the body.

-          Sudden trouble speaking or understanding

-          Sudden vision troubles

-          Sudden trouble walking, feeling dizzy or losing one’s balance

-          Sudden severe headache

People who experience these symptoms are advised by the National Stroke Association to use the FAST method. This stands for: Face (smile and see if one side of the face is droopy); Arms (lift both arms and see if one arm drifts downwards); Speech (repeat a phrase and see if speech is slurred or irregular); Time (get emergency help as soon as you experience any of these symptoms).

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