What You Need to Know About Strokes

portrait of thoughtful middle aged man outdoorsDo you know enough about strokes to recognize the symptoms – and potentially save a life? May is Stroke Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to learn more. The first thing you need to understand is that strokes are serious; they are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and often leave survivors disabled.

There are two types of strokes, both of which can be seen with an open MRI machine. The first and more common version is an ischemic stroke, which occurs when a clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain. The second version is a hemorrhagic stroke, which is when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain. To prevent irreversible brain damage and death, it’s crucial to act fast when you suspect you or someone else is experiencing a stroke.

Learn These Stroke Symptoms

  • Watch out for these warning signs:
  • Sudden Numbness/Weakness in the Face or Limbs (Especially on One Side)
  • Sudden Confusion or Difficulty with Language
  • Sudden Difficulty Seeing
  • Sudden Dizziness, Loss of Balance, or Difficulty Walking
  • Sudden Severe Headache with No Known Cause

When you notice one or more of these red flags, don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse or go away. Call 911 right away – you may save a life.