Stroke does not discriminate based on age, gender, or race. It can happy to anyone at anytime. But would you know how to recognize the signs of a stroke? With thanks to Blog Meets Brand and the American Stroke Association for sponsoring this conversation, we are bringing you this important information.
The good news, however, is that recovery is possible. And the sooner that you can recognize the signs of a stroke, the sooner you can treat it.
But how do you know what to look for? The American Stroke Association has a well known song to help you out:
- F (face drooping)
- A (arm weakness)
- C (Speech difficulty)
- E (time to call 911)
To the tune of the Y.M.C.A. Check it out on YouTube!
Stroke is one of the leading killers in the United States.
Stroke occurs when a blot clot occurs in an already narrowed blood vessel in the brain. Once that clot occurs the brain will be deprived of blood and the necessary oxygen causing permanent brain damage to that area.
People may have “mini strokes” in which they suffer from the same signs and symptoms but are only temporary. It is important to inform the casualty that they should go see a doctor as soon as possible because they are at a very high risk of suffering from a full stroke in which they will suffer permanent brain damage.
Strokes are not health emergencies that just happen to elderly men. Strokes can strike even in a young man’s life. The risk of having a stroke is greater in men than in women – though strokes can be more fatal in women.
If you’re a man, your risk is automatically greater. If you have a family history of immediate family members who have experienced strokes, then your risk is higher. Age also matters.
If you’re approaching 50, your risk increases with each year after turning 50.
Here are a few more signs and symptoms of a stroke. Paralysis on one side of the body or face, slurred speech (due to partial facial paralysis), dizziness, confusion, unequal sized pupils or changes in levels of consciousness.
Someone, somewhere will have a stroke every 2 seconds- can you imagine? And, one out of every six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. It is important to remember that stroke is definitely treatable if you know what to look for.
World Stroke Awareness Day is October 29th