When a person experiences stroke, even a mini-stroke called transient ischemic attack (TIA), every second counts. Unfortunately, many people do not recognize their symptoms and do not receive immediate medical attention.
A common warning sign of stroke or TIA is a severe headache. Although some people may ignore this symptom as a normal occurrence, it is an important one to keep in mind. Stroke headache comes on suddenly and tends to be excruciating.
If you experience a sudden, severe headache along with the onset of the following warning signs, seek medical attention immediately. Remember, stroke is a medical emergency.
-Numbness, weakness, or paralysis of the face, arm, or leg
-Double vision or blurred vision
-Confusion and memory loss
-Trouble speaking, slurred speech, trouble understanding others
-Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of coordination
F – Face: Ask the person to smile and look for face drooping
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms and watch for one arm drifting down
S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a sentence and listen for slurring
T – Time: If any of these signs are observed, call 9-1-1 immediately
If you or someone around you has any of these symptoms, don’t wait! Call 9-1-1 immediately, even if you’re not certain it is a stroke. Acting fast can safe a life.
Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Jordan Valley Medical Center, and Pioneer Valley Hospital are offering a $30 Leg Screening and $69 HeartView Screening. Schedule an appointment by calling 866-421-WELL (9355).