Call911or other emergency services immediately if you have signs of a stroke:
Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement 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.
Signs of a transient ischemic attack are similar to signs of a stroke. But TIA symptoms usually disappear after 10 to 20 minutes. There is no way to tell whether the symptoms are caused by a stroke or by TIA, so emergency medical care is needed for both conditions.
It all started with a headache -- pounding pain behind the left eye -- that wouldn't go away.
A healthy 37-year-old at the time, Jill Bolte Taylor tried to shake the pain
with a cardioworkout. But that didn't work.
Feeling rocky, Taylor headed for her shower. She noticed herself losing
coordination and struggling with balance -- she had to lean against her shower
The shower's roar startled her, and her sense of where her body began and
ended was fading. "My perception of myself was that...
Have had a stroke and notice that your affected arm or
leg is becoming increasingly stiff or you are not able to straighten it
Have had a stroke and notice signs of a urinary tract
infection. Signs may include fever, pain with urination, blood in urine, and
low back (flank) pain.
Have had a stroke and you are having trouble keeping
Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you have
signs of a stroke. Emergency medical care is needed to prevent or treat any
complications that may be life-threatening. Prompt treatment may prevent
extensive damage to the brain, reducing permanent
disabilities from the stroke.
stroke is caused by a blood clot, early care by a doctor in the emergency room
or hospital is critical. If you seek help right away, you can sometimes
receive a medicine (tissue plasminogen activator, or t-PA) that dissolves
clots. This medicine works best when it is given right after
symptoms begin. Not everyone can safely receive this medicine.
Who To See
Doctors who can diagnose and treat stroke
Some hospitals have a stroke team made up of many
different health professionals, such as a physical therapist, an occupational
therapist, a speech therapist, a rehabilitation doctor (physiatrist), a nurse,
and a social worker.