Stroke is the No. 3 killer and No. 1 cause of disability in the United States. Usually caused by a blockage of blood vessels nourishing the brain, stroke can be devastating and needs immediate medical attention.
Symptoms include blurry vision; sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg; loss of balance or coordination; difficulty speaking or understanding language; and unexplained headache. If you are experiencing these symptoms, call 911: Even if the symptoms go away, they could be a preview of worse to come.
For more information about stroke, call the National Stroke Association at 1-800-787-6537 or visit the Web site www.stroke.org.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.