Stroke Symptoms

Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing brain tissue damage and loss. Stroke symptoms usually happen suddenly and can include:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please call 911.

Rose Medical Center has a Stroke Alert program to provide patients with quick and effective stroke treatments.

Learn more about the HealthONE Stroke Network

Statistics (From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association):

  • Stroke is the fourth most common cause of death, ranking behind "diseases of the heart" and all forms of cancer.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
  • 700,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke each year (200,000 of those are persons with recurrent stroke).
  • Approximately 50,000,000 Americans have high blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke.

Risk Factors – Changeable Factors:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Heart disease
  • Artery disease
  • Smoking
  • Cocaine abuse
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol use
  • High red blood cell count
  • Physical inactivity or obesity

Risk Factors – Non-Changeable Factors:

  • African-American ethnicity
  • Age greater than 65 years
  • Female
  • History of stroke
  • Sickle cell disease

Things you can do to help prevent a stroke:

  • Be faithful with annual health physicals
  • Know family history (hereditary traits)
  • Stop smoking
  • If diabetic, check blood sugar before each meal and at bedtime to monitor and maintain safe blood glucose levels
  • Have cholesterol checked yearly
  • If you have high blood pressure, monitor it daily
  • Increase your exercise
  • Eat a low fat, low cholesterol American Heart Association diet