Symptoms of stroke and risk factors
Of course, avoiding a “brain attack” in the first place is the best strategy. To that end, be proactive about risk factors for stroke you can control – lose excess pounds, don’t smoke and get regular physical exercise. The National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute points out high blood pressure, the heart arrhythmia Lung and Blood Institute points out high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, and diabetes all raise the risk for stroke, so work with your doctor to keep these conditions under control with medication and lifestyle changes.
It’s also important to know the symptoms of stroke. Acting quickly to get help immediately can often lessen the chances a stroke will cause permanent brain damage, according to the CDC.
Symptoms of stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if only on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination, or dizziness
- Sudden severe headache that has no known cause
March 03, 2020
Janet O’Dell, RN