How to Recognize the Symptoms of Stroke
Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in American men and women and are the number one cause of long-term adult disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6.2 million Americans have suffered from a stroke, and the disease causes the deaths of approximately 150,000 men and women each year. Although a stroke occurs in the brain, it can adversely affect any part of the body and can result in mild to severe disability. Cognitive problems, numbness, emotional issues, and pain are all possible long-term disabilities associated with a stroke.
One of the most important ways to avoid the unfortunate consequences associated with a stroke is to know the symptoms and act as quickly as possible. Seeking care from a specialized emergency medical services department may help to minimize the damage and prevent disability. The warning signs of a stroke will typically occur very suddenly and be quite severe, with symptoms including:
- Sudden, severe headache of no known cause
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the arm, leg, or face, especially if it occurs only on one side of the body
- Sudden difficulty seeing or blurriness of vision (can occur in one or both eyes)
- Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding what is spoken to you
- Sudden trouble walking, including dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
When a medical emergency strikes, consider trusting the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center Emergency Services department to care for your medical needs. Our staff of specialty physicians and emergency health care professionals is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a high standard of medical care when our community needs it most. You can find out more about our advanced and comprehensive emergency care services by calling (818) 676-4000 today. You can also get our emergency room wait times sent directly to your mobile phone by texting ‘ER’ to 23000 and responding with your West Hills zip code.