A stroke occurs when the blood flow to part of the brain is disrupted,
either because of a clogged blood vessel or a blood vessel that has burst.
Emergency care is essential for someone experiencing a stroke, as brain tissue dies every
second that passes without medical intervention. By being aware of the
symptoms, you can act quickly if you or someone you know suffers a stroke.
If you notice these signs, call 911 immediately.
During a stroke, it is common for one side of the face to droop or become
immobile. The face may also feel numb on one side. If you suspect someone
is having a stroke, ask him or her to smile. If the smile appears lopsided,
then a stroke could be to blame. Eyes may also be affected. Someone experiencing
a stroke may have sudden vision difficulties or may have one eyelid that droops.
It is common for one side of the body to become weak and numb during a
stroke. This symptom may affect the entire side of the body, or it may
only impact the arm. An easy way to test for this symptom is to ask the
person who you think is having a stroke to raise his or her arms upward.
If one arm drifts downward while the other arm stays up, then a stroke
Because a stroke may impact the part of the brain that is responsible
for speech, someone experiencing a stroke may have trouble speaking and
may slur his or her words. If you think someone could be having a stroke,
ask him or her to repeat a simple sentence. Slurring or uttering a nonsensical
response when repeating the sentence back to you can indicate a stroke.
Good Samaritan Hospital was one of the first
Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the nation, and we treat one of the highest volumes of stroke patients
in the country each year. From emergency care in San Jose to inpatient
treatment by our multidisciplinary stroke team, we provide the critical
treatment patients need when every second counts. Call us today at (888)
724-2362 for more information.