There’s one thing the human brain needs more than anything else—more than mental stimulation, more than intriguing dreams, even more than a wake-up cup of coffee in the morning. It needs blood, and any shortfall can have extremely serious consequences. When you have a stroke, blood can’t get to specific parts of the brain. This happens when a blood vessel ruptures or is clogged by a clot or fatty deposits.
Fortunately, people who have a stroke are frequently able to recover, but it’s typically a long road back. That’s why the best solution is to prevent it in the first place. Here’s how:
If you suddenly experience weakness or numbness in your face, arm, or leg on one side of your body—all hallmarks of a stroke—have someone drive you to an emergency room right away. Also, get help if you have difficulty speaking or understanding others, dimness or impaired vision in one eye, an unexplained dizzy spell, or a severe headache with no apparent cause. Even if the symptoms pass, get immediate help because you may have had a mini stroke, which is a sign that another such incident could occur.
Need help remembering the signs when you suspect a loved one may have suffered a stroke? Here’s a handy mnemonic device (and all you have to remember are the first four letters of the word “STROKE”!):
S—Ask the person to SMILE.
T—Get the person to TALK.
R—Have the person RAISE both hands over their head.
O—Ask the person to OPEN their mouth and stick their tongue out.
If your loved one can’t perform one or more of these simple tasks, take them to an emergency room for an evaluation immediately.
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