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Stroke Warning Signs and Risk Factors

Stroke Warning Signs and Risk Factors

Stroke is a Medical Emergency. Dial "911" and Seek Immediate Medical Attention.

The symptoms of a stroke differ, depending on the part of the brain affected and the extent of the damage. If you think you or someone close to you is experiencing a stroke don't delay, get immediate medical treatment.

 Symptoms of stroke may include:

  • Severe headache
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling in the face, arm, and leg on one side of the body
  • Inability to walk
  • Inability to speak or difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty understanding when spoken to
  • Vision problems
  • Confusion or personality changes
  • Difficulty with muscle movements, such as swallowing, moving arms and legs
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Problems with judgment
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Are You at Risk?

    Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S and the number one cause of adult disability. Anyone can have a stroke, but these are among the most common risk factors:

    • High Blood Pressure
    • Heart or Carotid Artery Disease
    • Uncontrolled Diabetes
    • Smoking
    • Obesity and/or Physical Inactivity
    • Excessive Alcohol Use or Drug Abuse
    • Family History
    • Age 55 and older
    • African-American Heritage