Stroke 2

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke and getting to the hospital immediately may help prevent brain injury, disability or even death. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the warning signs of stroke in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A stroke occurs when blood circulation to the brain stops. Brain cells die from the loss of blood flow and oxygen. This causes disability or death.

Stroke accounts for one out of every 15 deaths in the United States, making it the third leading cause of death. It is also the leading cause of disability in American adults.

Symptoms of stroke include:

h Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or legXespecially on one side of the body,

h Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech,

h Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes,

h Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination, and

h Sudden, severe headache that comes on with no known cause.

Do not ignore stroke symptoms. New stroke treatments using clot-dissolving drugs can help, but they need to be started as soon as possible once symptoms begin. Call 911 immediately if you think you or someone you are with is having a stroke.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.