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Stroke Warning Signs and Risks

Minutes Count in Stroke Treatment - Learn to Recognize Signs of Stroke
Stroke is always a medical emergency. It can come on suddenly, at any time and any place. It is important to recognize the signs and get immediate medical attention. Speedy stroke diagnosis and treatment can help dramatically improve recovery from strokes, including a TIA (transient ischemic attack) or mini-stroke.

The Five Major Warning Signs of Stroke are:

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Trouble seeing with one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe, sudden onset of headache with no known cause.

Learn more about stroke.

If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 and get to a hospital emergency room for rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Stroke Risks
Some risk factors for stroke, such as being male, being African-American and having a family history of stroke, are out of your control. But there are others you can do something about. For instance, conditions such as heart disease, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes make stroke more likely. Controlling these health problems may decrease your risk. You can lower your risk by getting regular exercise, eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking if you smoke.

For more information about Holy Cross Hospital's Neurosciences services, please fill out our brief contact form, email neuroscience@holycrosshealth.org or call 301-754-8266.

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