Special thanks to the American Stroke Association for sending an information card in the mail that I am referencing here to help spread the word about stroke awareness. Time is critical when dealing with someone who could be having a stroke. Try to memorize these warning signs. If you notice them, call 911 immediately to request medical attention.
Signs of a stroke:
-Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg
-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
Notice the one word that is in all the signs. Yup it is sudden. Awareness and quick action are the keys to treating a stroke and giving the victim (maybe a loved one or friend) a chance to get through this without long-term disability.
Please, if you can, support the American Heart and American Stroke Associations.