Can You Recognize a Stroke?

Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease that occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. The brain is an extremely complex organ that controls various body functions, and when blood and oxygen are blocked, it starts to die. Body function controlled by the affected region of the brain will not work as it should. Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. Every 3 minutes, someone dies of one. 

Learn to recognize a stroke because time lost is brain lost! By knowing the warning signs and risk factors for stroke, you can help yourself or a loved one reduce the risk of having a stroke and suffering severe disability or death. Every second counts, so know the symptoms: 

- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body 
- Sudden confusion, difficulty 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 

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms! Make sure the people you care about learn to recognize a stroke and act quickly.