“Time is brain,” goes a saying by stroke doctors.
A stroke – bleeding or blood clots in the brain — kills brain cells by cutting off oxygen. Treatment must begin within three hours to be effective.
Unfortunately, unlike a heart attack, a stroke often doesn’t hurt, says Dr. Mark Johnson, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
“It’s critical to be able to recognize the symptoms,” Dr. Johnson says.
Symptoms include numbness, dizziness, mental confusion, vision problems, trouble with coordination or severe headache, all of which come on suddenly.
If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, try this simple three-question test:
If the individual is unable to do any of these, call 911 immediately.
Several factors can increase the risk of stroke, including: smoking, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol. Controlling those can decrease your risk of stroke.
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Media Contact: Aline McKenzie
May is American Stroke Month
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