Stroke: It can happen to you
This is important no matter how old you are. Anyone can have a stroke, so we all need to know what they look like. Stacey Yepes, 49, realized what was happening to her and used her cell phone to record the event for her doctors, who had previously dismissed her symptoms as “stress.” This is a minor stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack) recorded as it happened:
Symptoms of a TIA are the same as symptoms of a stroke. But symptoms of a TIA occur suddenly and don’t last very long. Most of the time, they go away in 10 to 20 minutes. They may include:
- Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or paralysis in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.
- Sudden vision changes.
- Sudden trouble speaking.
- Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
- Sudden problems with walking or balance.
- A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.
If you experience these symptoms, or observe them in someone else, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Note the time symptoms began, as clot busters can be used within 3 to 4 hours to dissolve the blood clot that caused the stroke and reduce or prevent permanent damage. Remember the mnemonic F.A.S.T. and get help FAST!