neurology

What to do if you’re experiencing symptoms of a stroke

A stroke is a brain injury that occurs when the brain is cut off from its oxygen-rich blood supply.

What’s important is there are ways to take action if you or someone else is experiencing a stroke. There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the United States, and that is due largely to individuals recognizing the symptoms of a stroke.

Here are five warning signs you or someone you’re near may be having a stroke:

  1. Trouble with speaking or understanding. If he/she cannot repeat a simple phrase without slurring words, call 911.
  2. Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg. If he/she cannot smile without half of the face drooping, call 911. If he/she cannot raise both arms over their head without one arm falling, call 911.
  3. Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes. If he/she is reporting blackened vision or seeing double, call 911.
  4. If he/she experiences a sudden headache accompanied with vomiting, dizziness, or altered consciousness, call 911.
  5. Trouble with walking. If he/she experiences loss of balance and/or loss of coordination, call 911.

If you are able to recognize these symptoms, you could be a big help to yourself or a loved one in the event of a stroke.

After experiencing a stroke, patients often visit a neurosurgeon. The neurosurgery team at Signature Medical Group specializes in the treatment of adults with diseases and disorders related to the brain and spinal cord. We have extensive expertise in the latest diagnostic and surgical techniques.

Signature Medical Group is committed to deliver superior and compassionate care to all of our patients. Make an appointment today to see one of our specialists.