A neurological problem that can affect all ages
Roughly every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. People of all ages are vulnerable, despite seemingly good health. In fact, the risk of stroke is increasing faster in individuals ages 30-45 than in any other age group.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Symptoms of stroke include:
- Sudden, severe headache with an unknown cause
- Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, on one side of the body
- Sudden dimness or visual loss, particularly in one eye
- Dizziness, loss of balance or staggering walk
- Slurred speech or inability to talk
- Abrupt loss of consciousness
Call 911 if you experience any of these symptoms.
Remember the acronym FAST:
- Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms: Ask the person to hold both arms up evenly. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech: Ask the person to repeat a single sentence. Are his/her words slurred or mixed up?
- Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately!
Modifiable stroke risk factors at any age:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol use
- Irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation)
- Family history of stroke
- Sedentary lifestyle
Uncontrollable risk factors
- Family history of stroke or heart disease
- Previous stroke or TIA
- Hole in the heart (PFO)