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What a Stroke Looks Like
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a medical emergency. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications. Always call 911 at the first signs of stroke.
Stroke symptoms: Sudden warning signs
Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Stroke risk increases with age, but young adults, children and even unborn babies can suffer strokes.
Know the warning signs of stroke, which can include any of the following:
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does the face look uneven?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to be raised?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his/her speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Remember, strokes need immediate medical attention.
If you or someone you are with may be having a stroke, remember, every second counts. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the damage, much like a heart attack.
Stroke is largely treatable
Clot-busting drugs and medical devices have helped make stroke largely treatable. The faster you are treated, the more likely you will recover without permanent disability.
Special thanks to the Minnesota Department of Health for their support of stroke awareness and prevention.