A stroke refers to a blood vessel in the brain bursting or, more commonly, being blocked, resulting in oxygen not being delivered (via red blood cells) to the brain.
Without treatment, cells in the brain quickly begin to die. The result can be serious disability or death, which is why stroke is a medical emergency and a leading cause of death in the United States.
That is why it is important that we recognize a stroke when it is happening, either in ourselves or in a loved one, so that emergency medical attention can be obtained without delay.
The information below is from WebMD:
Signs of a stroke may include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the body, especially on one side.
- Sudden vision changes in one or both eyes, or difficulty swallowing.
- Sudden, severe headache with unknown cause.
- Sudden problems with dizziness, walking, or balance.
- Sudden confusion, difficulty…
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