Stroke Awareness Month is an international event which takes place in May. Several countries take part in raising awareness about strokes, and what may contribute towards having one.
A stroke is a life-threatening medical condition, which occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted, reduced, or cut off. This prevents the brain tissue from receiving oxygen and the nutrients it needs. Brain cells begin to die within a matter of minutes. Taking early action can reduce brain damage, and other complications.If you, or someone you are with is having a stroke, pay attention to the time that it began. Some treatment options are most effective soon after a stroke has begun.
There are several symptoms to having a stroke:
Communication – Someone who is having a stroke may have trouble understanding speech, they may slur their words when speaking, and experience confusion.
Paralysis, numbness of the face, arm, or leg – They may experience paralysis, weakness, or numbness. This usually affects one side of your body. They should try to raise both arms above their head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, this is a sign that they may be having a stroke. Another clear sign is if one side of their mouth begins to droop.
Headache – Suddenly having a severe headache, followed by vomiting, dizziness, or problems staying conscious.
Vision – Blackened or blurred vision in one or both eyes and seeing double.
Trouble Walking – Stumbling or losing balance. Attempting to walk may also cause dizziness or loss of coordination.
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