Recognizing the Signs of Stroke

Learn the warning signs of stroke. You may help save a life.

During a stroke, blood flow to the brain stops and brain cells begin to die within minutes. Stroke is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate attention. It can cause permanent brain damage, long-term disability and even death.

Statistics show a stroke occurs on average every 40 seconds in the United States. Stroke kills more than 137,000 people per year, making it the number four cause of death in the country. It is also the leading cause of disability among Americans.

Stroke is a serious medical emergency and time is of the essence. Prompt treatment after a stroke can reduce brain damage and help prevent permanent disability. Receiving treatment as soon as possible may also help prevent another stroke from occurring. 

Stroke Warning Signs
The following symptoms provided by the American Stroke Association are warning signs that a stroke is occurring or has already happened:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden vision changes; difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Sudden dizziness, loss or balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you believe that you or someone you are with is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Never attempt to drive yourself to the hospital if you think you are having a stroke. You should also make note of the time so you can inform medical professions when the warning signs first appeared. Certain drugs may help reduce long-term disability if administered soon after the start of symptoms.

Oak Hill Hospital was the first advanced level primary stroke center in Hernando and Citrus County to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor or health care organizations in America. Learn more about stroke care at Oak Hill here or contact us by phone with non-emergency questions at (352) 596-6632 in Hernando County or (352) 596-6632 in Citrus County.

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