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Warning Signs

A stroke occurs when the blood supply is interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Essentially, when you are having a stroke, there is a loss of blood flow to the brain.

Symptoms of a stroke appear suddenly. Watch for these symptoms and be prepared to act quickly for yourself or on behalf of someone you are with:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble talking, or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you suspect you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms indicative of a stroke, do not wait. Call 911 immediately.

How Can I Reduce My Risk?

These are the most common risk factors for stroke that can be reduced by medical intervention and/or lifestyle changes:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Tobacco Use
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Carotid or Other Artery Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation or Other Heart Disease
  • History of TIA's or "Mini Strokes"
  • High Red Blood Cell Count
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • High Blood Cholesterol
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Excessive Weight
  • Excessive Alcohol Intake
  • Use of Some Illegal Drugs