Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Handy list of stroke symptoms - everyone needs to know

This month is a good time to review stroke symptoms - here's a recent quick list of the symptoms from the Duluth News Tribune:

  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • In a news release, the Minnesota Department of Health said 45 percent of Minnesotans don’t know those signs. The health department finds that troubling, because stroke is the third-leading cause of death in Minnesota, with 2,154 deaths reported in 2010. More than 75,000 Minnesotans, or 1.9 percent of adults, reported having had a stroke in their lifetimes.

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