A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. This “brain attack” can cause brain cells to die, resulting in serious consequences--such as paralysis, trouble speaking, problems thinking clearly, and death.
Symptoms Strike Suddenly
The warning signs of a stroke appear suddenly and are often noticed by others around you. The “classic” symptoms include:
- Weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg--especially on only one side of the body
- Poor balance and/or stumbling
- Slurred speech or trouble speaking or understanding others
- Severe headache with no apparent cause
- Vision problems in one or both eyes
Incidence, Symptoms Different for Women and Men
When comparing age groups, more men than women have a stroke. However, women are more likely than men to die from a stroke.
Another difference between the genders is that women and men may experience different stroke warning signs. Nontraditional symptoms that women may report include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Shortness of breath
Spotting all the possible signs of a stroke early on can make a major difference in how much brain damage occurs. Getting to the hospital and receiving treatment within 60 minutes may even prevent serious, long-term problems.
If you or someone you know has any of the symptoms mentioned here, don’t put off getting help. Call 911 right away.
Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals are the only facilities in Fairfield County to offer a breakthrough treatment called mechanical thrombectomy to treat ischemic stroke. Watch a short video to learn more.