Speaker: Archana Reddy, Emergency Medicine Physician
Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. The stroke keeps blood from flowing to parts of the brain, which can cause serious damage.Symptoms of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. People may be confused or have trouble speaking. A person may have sudden difficulty seeing, may be dizzy, lose balance or have trouble walking. Another sign of a stroke is a sudden, severe headache along with new numbness or weakness.If you suspect that you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Quick access to emergency care can reduce the long-term effects of a stroke and save a person’s life.