Strokes are one of the main causes of major disability among adults, and the third highest cause of deaths in the US. Sometimes, knowing the early signs of a stroke can mean the difference between life and death.
In reality, strokes can affect all people, regardless of the age, and is a result of the reduction of blood supply to the brain.
People that suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and artery diseases are at an increased risk. Moreover, smoking, a family history of strokes, obesity alcoholism, and physical inactivity also raise the risk of stroke.
Learning how to spot the signs of a stroke will give you the needed time to ask for an immediate medical help, and thus reduce the damage and boost the success of rehabilitation efforts.
Remember the acronym FAST to remind you of the three most common warning signs, crafted by the medical fraternity, and you will prevent additional complications:
– Facial dropping
– Arm weakness
– Speech difficulties
– Time to call 9-1-1!
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