A stroke is a life-threatening medical event that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When experiencing stroke symptoms, one should consider seeking emergency medical care immediately to avoid damage or death of brain tissue. Those experiencing an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke may experience the following symptoms:
- Sudden changes in the senses, such as interruptions in vision or smell
- An inability to speak or understand what is spoken to you
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Memory lapses and difficulties focusing on a train of thought
- Sudden dizziness, lack of coordination and balance, or trouble walking or standing
- Sudden onset of a severe headache that can be described as ‘the worst headache of your life’ with no known cause
These symptoms almost always come on suddenly. If the symptoms of stroke go away after only a few minutes, you may have experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA does not cause permanent damage to brain tissue, but can be a warning sign of a future stroke .
If you think you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seriously consider dialing 9-1-1 and seeking emergency medical attention immediately. Treatment immediacy greatly affects stroke survival and recovery. The Stroke Center at the Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose is dedicated to the rapid identification and treatment of each patient presenting with possible stroke symptoms. Learn more about our Joint Commission Certified stroke care by contacting us at (408) 559-2011.