What Are the Most Common Signs of Stroke?
Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 140,000 lives every year. That number could be significantly reduced if more people understood the symptoms of stroke and knew when to seek emergency care.
A stroke occurs when not enough oxygen-rich blood reaches the brain, usually as a result of a blood clot or hemorrhage. A stroke sufferer may experience weakness in the face or arm, usually on one side of the body. Confusion, difficulty speaking, and trouble seeing in one or both eyes are other common symptoms of stroke. Some sufferers also experience difficulty walking, dizziness, and a sudden, severe headache. If you suspect that someone you love is suffering a stroke, do not hesitate to call an ambulance—the sooner a sufferer receives treatment, the likelier it is that he/she will survive the episode.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is prepared to handle stroke cases 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. To find a physician near you, please call our dedicated physician referral line at (805) 497-2727.