Simple Test Can Help Detect Stroke Symptoms|
CLEBURNE, Texas — Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third largest cause of death, ranking behind heart disease and all forms of cancer.
Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells can begin to die if proper treatment isn’t taken. The person might experience sudden confusion or have a severe headache. They might have sudden numbness or weakness of the face, difficulty walking or trouble speaking. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke there are a few steps to follow in preventing further damage.
According to The National Stroke Association, a simple test of acting FAST can help. Individuals should take the following steps:
Time. If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Look at the clock and remember what time the symptoms started. Share the time symptoms start with a physician as that will impact treatment options.
“Strokes are a leading cause of serious, long-term disabilities,” said Dr. Donna Ivey, an emergency room physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “With strokes, seconds matter. The more people that learn the warning signs and simple tests for stroke, the greater the chances are that we can reduce the number of people who suffer the worst impairments after a stroke.”
While some risk factors for stroke are beyond your control, like heredity, those resulting from lifestyle or environment can be modified with the help of a healthcare professional. The best way to lower the risk for stroke is to treat and manage related health problems.
According to the American Heart Association, some manageable risk factors include:
“If you have any risk factors for a stroke, it’s best to talk with your physician to see if there are steps to take for prevention,” said Ivey. “With any health condition, but particularly strokes, knowledge can be the most important prevention.”
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