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How can I tell if someone is having a stroke?
There are ten signs. Urgency is the best prescription for recovery of a stroke. Do not wait. Go to the Emergency Room or call an ambulance immediately if experiencing any of these symptoms. Early treatment is the best recovery.
- Weakness in the face, arm, or leg. Drooping, numbness or weakness of the face. Uneven smile or person is unable to move an arm or leg.
- Loss of balance or trouble walking. Hard to stand due to fatigue and confusion.
- Blurred speech. Have the person repeat a common phrase. If unable, there is an 80% chance of a stroke.
- Sudden vision loss. Losing 1/2 or 1/4 of the visual field and loss of peripheral vision.
- Dizziness. May occur one time or may be chronic.
- Severe headaches. This person is at high risk for strokes. Sudden severe headache out of no where is a warning.
- Fatigue. Persistent symptom. Sense of exhaustion and weakness that doesn’t improve with sleep or rest.
- Loss of swallow or gag reflex.
- Loss of sensation on any area of the skin. Can be one or different parts of the body.
- Heart palpitations. A feeling of losing your breath or a fluttering feeling in your chest. Women are more susceptible to this symptom.
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