Health Watch -- Stroke: More Symptoms

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about stroke. Knowing the symptoms of stroke could save your life by allowing you to get help in time to prevent disability or death. Previously, we discussed some key symptoms, including sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body and confusion.

Dr. Mark Johnson, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says other symptoms include sudden dizziness, loss of balance or trouble walking. A sudden, severe headache with no known cause may be another sign. If you experience these symptoms, you should seek help at a stroke center within three hours. That's the time period in which treatment is most effective.

Next: How you may be able to lower your risk for stroke.


September 2006

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