I am paraphrasing an article from Everyday Health:
Quick action, getting to the emergency department, in the case of a stroke can save brain cells. In other words, it saves lives and can reduce the loss of functioning. A stroke basically means that blood cells are dying due to a problems with blood circulation. Strokes come in two types: ischemic and hemorrhagic. In ischemic a blood clot is stopping blood from getting to a part of the brain. In hemorrhagic, a blood vessel has burst leaking blood into the brain. In both cases quick action is needed. However to act quickly you have to recognize a stroke. This article suggests, "Signs may be subtle — someone just isn't quite normal, seems tired, confused, or uncoordinated." I googled "signs of a stroke" and got this result:
- SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
- SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.