Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke
Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a stroke. Strokes, also known as ‘brain attacks’, are the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. During a stroke, a portion of the brain’s oxygen supply is obstructed when a clot suddenly blocks a blood vessel or an injury damages a vessel. Without the necessary oxygen supply, brain cells begin to die immediately, resulting in cell death and sudden loss of function.
Symptoms may occur very suddenly and may differ depending on the region of the brain that is affected. If you or a loved one experiences any of the following signs of stroke, seriously consider dialing 911 and seeking immediate professional assistance :
- Severe headache with no known cause—‘the worst headache of your life’
- Loss or blurriness of vision in one or both eyes
- Confusion or memory loss
- Trouble speaking or understanding what is said to you
- Dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of coordination
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the face, arm, or leg
Once a patient seeks emergency care, a diagnosis must be made to determine the cause of the stroke. Depending on the circumstances, treatment will be given to either dissolve a clot (in the case of an ischemic stroke ) or to stop the bleeding (in the case of a hemorrhagic stroke).
MountainView Hospital stroke specialists are committed to changing the statistics associated with stroke by providing advanced diagnostics and treatment for each stroke patient. Our Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center also emphasizes education and outreach, helping the community to notice the signs and take action quickly in the event of a stroke. To learn more about our services, contact us at (702) 255-5000 today.