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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.

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