By Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Acstroke-warning-signs

Stroke is often referred to as a brain attack. It is considered the No. 1 cause of adult disability and the No. 3 cause of death in the United States. It striking more than 500,000 people every year. A stroke can happen at any age.

It is important to recognize stroke symptoms and act quickly. The effects of a stroke may include paralysis, poor memory and loss of speech.

Common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women:

-Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg (often 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

Women may report unique stroke symptoms:

-Sudden face and limb pain

-Sudden hiccups

-Sudden nausea

-Sudden general weakness

-Sudden chest pain

-Sudden shortness of breath

-Sudden palpitations

The acronym F.A.S.T. is a good way to recommend the signs of a stroke.

FAST stands for:

• Face: This tells you that if a person’s face is drooping around the eye or mouth, this could be a sign of a stroke. If a person’s face appears to be drooping and they are experiencing numbness, they could be having a stroke. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

• Arm: This means you should check for arm weakness. A quick test is the inability to raise both arms over head. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

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