Stroke experts have a saying: time is brain. That’s because during a stroke, brain cells die every second. Fast treatment can minimize brain damage and its long-lasting negative impacts, which is why knowing the signs of a stroke is so important. If you recognize the symptoms in yourself or someone else, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.
Facial drooping on one side is a common stroke symptom. One good way to test for this symptom is to ask the suspected stroke victim to smile. If the smile is lopsided, then a stroke may be to blame. A similar effect can happen with the arms. If a person raises both arms and one drifts downward, it could be a warning sign of a stroke. During strokes, people may also have difficulty speaking and seeing, and may experience an intense headache.
The emergency room and Stroke Center at Brandon Regional Hospital can deliver the urgent medical care needed when a stroke occurs. To get a physician referral or to learn more about our stroke care services, please call (888) 327-2636.