What do you think of when you think stroke? Many responses likely include half your body is weak, can’t talk or can’t walk.
But often, people experience slight numbness, tingling, dizziness or blurred vision and believe it will go away. Therefore, they wait to be seen by a physician for hours and sometimes days. For every hour you delay treatment, your brain ages about four years. Also, by waiting, the treatment and medications that may reverse the symptoms are no longer effective.
The key to stroke education is the word: SUDDEN
If you experience the following SUDDEN symptoms, call 911 Immediately.
SUDDEN: Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or legs, 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 or loss of balance.
SUDDEN: Severe headache with no known cause.
Time is brain!