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Mercy Health Neuroscience Institute

Signs and Symptoms of stroke


Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is cut off by a clot or damaged blood vessel. Too often people do not recognize when a stroke is happening, losing critical time. It is crucial to recognize the signs of a stroke and call 911 or get to the emergency room immediately.

Mercy Health Stroke Centers offer treatments that may reduce the risk of damage from the most common type of stroke. However, these revolutionary treatment options are only available within hours of the patient’s initial symptoms. Timing and proper treatment can mean the difference between life and death, recovery and disability.

WARNING SIGNS OF A STROKE:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or leg, especially on one side
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking and/or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, loss of balance or dizziness
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause



Stroke Risk Factors:
Research has shown that you can reduce your stroke risk by living a healthy lifestyle. Take charge of your health by:
  • Controlling high blood pressure
  • Not smoking
  • Eating a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet
  • Being physically active
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Drinking alcohol minimally or not at all and
  • Managing diabetes.
 Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for stroke and what you can do to control them.
 
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