A stroke happens when the blood flow to the brain is stopped and the brain cells start dying. Strokes can happen to anyone – more than a third of those hospitalized are under 65 years old, according to MedicineNet. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking are all big risk factors.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke emphasizes that time is of the essence when someone is having a stroke. Treatment within the hour can prevent long-term disability or death. Believe it or not, there are warning signs for a stroke way ahead of when it will happen. Some of these signs can happen hours, days, and sometimes weeks in advance. Here are 7 early warning signs:
1) Face drooping. Does one side of the face look lopsided or droopy? Stroke ORG suggests asking the affected person to smile so you can see if their smile is uneven or lopsided.
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