By Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
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 general weakness
-Sudden chest pain
-Sudden shortness of breath
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?