Stroke Risk Higher After Heart Attack
First Month After Heart Attack Is Especially Risky, Study Shows
Seek Immediate Care for Stroke
Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death and the most common cause of disability among U.S. adults, the researchers write.
Getting immediate medical help at the first sign of a possible heart attack or stroke is a must. Some stroke medications must be given within a few hours of the onset of symptoms.
Stroke symptoms may include:
- Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.
- Abrupt loss of vision, strength, coordination, sensation, speech, or the ability to understand speech. These symptoms may become more marked over time.
- Sudden dimness of vision, especially in one eye.
- Sudden loss of balance, possibly accompanied by vomiting, nausea, fever, hiccups, or trouble with swallowing.
- Sudden and severe headache with no other cause followed rapidly by loss of consciousness -- indications of a stroke due to bleeding.
- Brief loss of consciousness.
- Unexplained dizziness or sudden falls.