Stroke 3

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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:

Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts.

Symptoms of stroke include:

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

Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

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

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

If you think someone may be having a stroke, use the acronym FAST to do this simple test:

F for FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A for ARMSAsk the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S for SPEECHAsk the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?

And T for TIMETime is critical. Brain cells are dying. Call 911 or get to the hospital quickly.

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