It's one of the leading causes of death, and hundreds of thousands of people will suffer them each year, but catching signs of strokes in yourself or others could be the key to recovery.
Dr. Carmen Ramirez with the Texas A&M Health Science Center joined Brazos Valley This Morning Tuesday to talk about strokes, along with prevention of them.
Watch the video attached to this story for the complete interview. Below are some tips provided by the National Stroke Association on symptoms, including the acronym "FAST" and how it could help you or someone you love.
Face: Ask the person to smile -- does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms -- does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase -- is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
NOTE THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke. Read more about stroke treatment.
Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as FAST as possible. Click here to download the FAST Wallet Card to keep a reminder of stroke warning signs with you wherever you go!
Stroke symptoms include:
* SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
* SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
* SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
* SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
* SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms
Note the time you experienced your first symptom. This information is important to your healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.