Recognizing a Stroke

Over 795,000 people suffer from strokes each year in the U.S., and it is important to know how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

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A stroke occurs when part of the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or a blood vessel bursts. When this happens, brain cells start to lose oxygen and die. If not treated quickly, a stroke can cause major, irreversible damage, and even result in death.

The most common symptoms of a stroke are:

  • Facial drooping
  • Weakness in the limbs and extremities, particularly arms
  • Difficulty speaking, including slurred speech
  • Numbness in face, arms, or legs, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination

If someone near you is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call 911 right away. It is important to note the time of onset so that the emergency staff knows when the person was last seen with normal function. Every second counts when “clot busting” drugs might be able to preserve normal functioning and save a life.

Shell Point offers rehabilitative therapy at the Larsen Pavilion for anyone recovering from a debilitating stroke, as well as other specialized medical conditions. For more information, call (239) 415-5432 today, or visit www.shellpoint.org/skilled_nursing.html.