Stroke 3

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

By knowing the warning signs and risk factors for stroke, you can help yourself or a loved one reduce the risk of having a stroke and suffering severe disability or death. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the warning signs of stroke in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A stroke is similar to a heart attack. It occurs when a blood vessel bringing oxygen and nutrients to the brain bursts or is clogged by a blood clot or some other particle. This rupture or blockage keeps part of the brain from getting the oxygen it needs. Without oxygen, the nerve cells in that area cant function and can die within minutes. Symptoms of stroke include:

Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, including blurred vision or double vision

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

Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Just like a heart attack, immediate medical attention is vital in reducing injury to the brain when a stroke occurs. Treatment can be more effective if given quickly. Recognize stroke symptoms and get immediate medical attention. Every second counts.

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