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The faster you get the right medical care, the less brain damage may happen. That means a better chance of survival with lower potential for brain damage and long-term disability.
Paying attention to changes in your body and telling your doctor about anything not normal is also important. Because getting treatment fast is so critical, it’s good to know not just the signs that you’re having a stroke, but the signs that you may have one soon.
Paying close attention to subtle pre-stroke warnings and sharing the details with your doctor may help you prevent a stroke, says the American Stroke Association.
Early signs of stroke may include sudden:
If you think you or someone around you is having a stroke, think FAST:
F – Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop? Or is it numb? Is the person's smile uneven?
A – Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? If you ask the person to raise both arms, does one drift downward?
S – Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?
T – Time to call 911
Be sure someone notes when symptoms first started. This will help health care providers decide what the best treatment is.
Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call 911 for an ambulance so that the EMTs can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.
Even if your symptoms go away quickly, get medical help. You may have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a “mini-stroke.” Even though they’re short, a TIA is a sign of a serious condition that will not go away without medical help. A TIA can be a sign that a major stroke is coming.
Each year, more than 1.5 million Americans suffer a heart attack or stroke. More than 800,000 of them die.
The good news is that many heart attacks and strokes can be prevented. Making changes to your habits can lower your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke, says the Million Hearts program.
That means picking healthy habits:
It’s also vital to:
Find out more about what you can do to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
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