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When a Stroke Strikes Fast Action Makes All the Difference

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke is caused by a blocked or burst blood vessel in the brain. Without a steady flow of blood, brain tissue begins to die. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke and getting immediate treatment can save brain tissue, and with it, memories and abilities.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke is caused by a blocked or burst blood vessel in the brain. Without a steady flow of blood, brain tissue begins to die. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke and getting immediate treatment can save brain tissue, and with it, memories and abilities. Know the symptoms of stroke, and call 9-1-1 immediately if you, or someone you know, experiences:

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

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

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

  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause



In addition to or instead of the traditional stroke signs, a woman may have:

  • Loss of consciousness or fainting

  • Shortness of breath

  • Falls or accidents

  • Sudden pain in the face, chest, arms or legs

  • Seizure

  • Sudden hiccups



To learn more about stroke, visit stroke.meritcare.com.