Stroke is a common cause of death and permanent disability in the U.S. About every 40 seconds, someone suffers a stroke. By learning to recognize the potential symptoms of stroke, emergency medical attention can be administered sooner. Hospitals have effective treatments available for stroke; however, certain treatments need to be administered within a specific window of time after symptoms occur. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately for transportation to the emergency room of your local hospital.
Onset of Symptoms
The symptoms of stroke can be recognized in part by their onset. Stroke symptoms occur rapidly, without warning. They typically involve one side of the body. These symptoms develop because the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, either by bleeding on the brain or a blood clot lodged in a blood vessel. The specific complications that can develop because of stroke often depend on the area of the brain that is affected.
Impairment of Function
Stroke often interferes with basic functions of the body. For example, you might suddenly experience blurry vision or dimming vision, or the total loss of vision in one or both eyes. It’s common for stroke victims to suffer from difficulties with communication, such as slurred speech. Stroke can also cause cognition impairment, such as sudden confusion and difficulty understanding others. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to reach the emergency room as soon as possible.
Deficit in Mobility
Victims of stroke often report experiencing sudden weakness or numbness in one side of the body. This can affect the face and arm. It can also affect a leg, causing difficulty walking. Walking may be further impaired by the loss of balance and coordination, and the onset of dizziness.
The emergency room team at Largo Medical Center has extensive training in recognizing, diagnosing and treating stroke. Our hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, which means we uphold the strictest standards of patient care. Residents of Largo, FL and throughout Pinellas County can reach our hospital by calling (727) 470-6826 or visit our website for more information about our emergency room capabilities.