A survey by the Centers for Disease Control found that fewer than half of Americans know the five most common warning signs of a stroke. How many do you know?
- Confusion or trouble speaking.
- Numbness or weakness of the face, an arm or a leg, usually on one side.
- Trouble seeing.
- Dizziness, loss of balance or difficulty walking.
- A sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
Even one of the above signs, without another explanation, is reason to call 9-1-1 immediately.
[SOURCE: "Wellness facts," University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, August, 2008]