Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and adult disability, but quickly recognizing the signs of it and seeking immediate medical care from specialists can minimize the effects of the disease or even save a life, say an expert at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Stroke is no longer a disease only of the elderly. Nearly 20 percent of strokes occur in people younger than age 55, and over the past decade, the average age at stroke occurrence has dropped from 71 to 69.
Patrick D. Lyden, MD, chair of Neurology and director of the Stroke Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has revealed “Five Sudden, Severe Symptoms,” that could signal the onset of a stroke.
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble seeing on one side.
Sudden, severe difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.