May is national stroke awareness month, so we’re dedicating our blog space to increasing the awareness of our readers about how to recognize a stroke and why it’s so important to act quickly to save a life. A leading cause of death in the United States, every four minutes, someone dies from a stroke. Did you know that more than 80% of strokes are preventable? High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor, so treating your high blood pressure through diet, exercise, and medication can reduce your risk of stroke.
What Is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply that brings oxygen and nutrients to the brain is cut off. It only takes a few minutes for the brain to begin to die, so rapid treatment is crucial. There are three different types of strokes: ischemic, cryptogenic, and hemorrhagic strokes. The vast majority of strokes are ischemic, caused by an injury or blood clot in the brain. A cryptogenic stroke is a stroke with no known cause. Roughly a fourth of ischemic strokes are cryptogenic. Hemorrhagic strokes are the result of an aneurysm – a blood vessel in the brain rupturing. Some people experience TIAs – transient ischemic attacks – which are often referred to as mini-strokes. They can be a warning sign that the person is going to have a full stroke.
Act F.A.S.T. If you Recognize Stroke Symptoms
The simplest way to remember stroke symptoms is through the acronym FAST:
F – FACE (Face Drooping) Ask the person to smile to see if their face is drooping.
A – ARMS (Arms Fall Down) Ask the person to raise their arms to see if they shift downward.
S – SPEECH (Slurred Speech) Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
T – TIME (Call 911) Get the person to the hospital immediately.
Other symptoms can include numbness in the face or an extremity, confusion or trouble speaking, vision problems, balance problems, and severe headache.
The neurologists at Complete Neurological Care in NYC can help prevent a full stroke. They can also provide effective treatment following an attack, helping you regain mobility, cognitive function, and independence.
Complete Neurological Care is your number one choice for comprehensive and caring neurological treatment in New York. Our NYC board-certified neurologists are experts in their field with decades of experience treating neurological concerns, including strokes and TIAs. Our goal is to relieve your pain quickly, safely, and effectively by utilizing our best diagnostic approaches and implementing our trusted treatment procedures. Schedule an appointment for stroke and TIA treatment today.