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Know the Signs of Stroke

KnottedYet2011-09-26 01:14:12 +0000 #1
One of my (athletic) family members had a mini-stroke today. Instead of going directly to the hospital, she waited a couple hours to see if the symptoms would go away....

Rule Number 1: DO NOT WAIT!!!

Here's a list of signs from NIH

The symptoms of stroke are distinct because they happen quickly:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Muirenn2011-09-26 01:27:48 +0000 #2
I'm sorry about your family-member Knot

I think it would be hard for me to rush to the doctor based on any of those symtoms.

Anything to add to that?
Trek4202011-09-26 01:58:18 +0000 #3
If you think someone may be having a stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

F—FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A—ARMS: Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S—SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T—TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

I had a (non athletic) family member who had a major stoke, waited over 24 hours, would not do the therapy required ... never recovered. Your MIL has had a mini stroke yet continues to be active (gardening) and lives actively and independently at over 80. We're all at risk but I think tending to be active helps in many ways both before and after.

It'll be ok.
KnottedYet2011-09-26 02:31:07 +0000 #4
A little update:

She had a full-blown stroke. Not just a TIA. Now she's on a gazillion medications, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy; and needs an assistive device to walk.

This is a woman who walks marathons and half marathons. She was 7 miles into a 10 mile training walk when she had her stroke.

Do. Not. Wait.

If you have any symptoms of stroke, go directly to the hospital. Every minute of delay is a minute of function loss.



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