Thursday, October 11, 2012

Warning Signs of a Brain Attack aka Stroke

Periodically I publicize the warning signs of a Brain Attack – AKA a stroke.  I would like to give credit to the physician that stated that strokes should really be called Brain Attacks like heart attacks because they are equally serious.  If you read this and can attribute it, please let me know.
But I want you to remember how serious these attacks are.  If you, or a co-worker, or roommate, or anyone you are around exhibits any of these symptoms (e.g. warning signs), do NOT f*&! around  - every second really does count.
1.       Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

2.       Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

3.       Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

4.       Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

5.       Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

I have witnessed the devastating effects of a stroke first hand.  Fast treatment in a properly equipped ER can make a remarkable difference.
I can’t over emphasize this: see those symptoms:  call 911, let them know that you suspect a stroke – the ambulance crew will be better prepared.  Make a note of the time you first noticed the symptoms.  Don’t wait to see if it gets better – because if it gets worse – it gets a lot worse.
Warning signs courtesy of the American Heart Association.

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