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How to Act Fast at the First Signs of a Stroke

According to the CDC, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers an acute stroke. Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke allows you to take quick action and to seek treatment. Acute stroke is a medical emergency, so every minute counts. The treatments for stroke work best when administered as soon as possible.

Common risk factors for a stroke 
  • Older than 55
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • History of a prior stroke
Common signs of a stroke
  • Sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking and understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
  • Sudden headache without a cause
  • Nausea and or vomiting

If you notice any signs or symptoms of stroke, seek immediate medical attention, or call 9-1-1. It is important to be evaluated promptly, even if the symptoms come and go or disappear entirely. 

Recently, our own FRC Neuroradiologist, Dr. Edward Greenberg was featured in the following article on the lifesaving importance of acting fast: https://www.inovanewsroom.org/ifh/2020/06/bettys-life-is-saved-with-the-inova-stroke-teams-quick-coordinated-care/

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