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Identifying the Warning Signs of a Stroke

Last updated 4 years ago

According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States will experience a stroke every minute. Given how often this condition occurs, a time may come when you witness a family member, friend, or coworker suffering from stroke. Oak Hill Hospital urges better awareness of stroke signs, as recognizing these warnings can heed more immediate stroke care.

Weak Extremities

A stroke can prevent areas of the brain from receiving oxygenated blood. Deprivation of blood can result in the death of brain cells and the subsequent breakdown of the activities that they control. Individuals who experience a stroke often suffer brain damage to the part of the brain that regulates motor function. As a result, a stroke victim might suddenly have little or no control over his arm or leg movements. If you notice that a loved one can no longer lift or move one of his extremities, it may warrant ER attention.

Confused Communication

The area of the brain that controls communication and comprehension may also suffer ill effects from stroke. This complication may present as a stroke sufferer’s inability to understand what others are saying to him. In trying to respond to verbal communication, he might also experience problems articulating words. When someone you know cannot speak or understand verbal cues, he might be having a stroke and demand quick medical action.

Limp Facial Muscles

In some cases, all it takes is the inspection of someone’s face to realize that he may be having a stroke. If the part of the brain that regulates facial movement and expression is denied blood flow due to stroke, the sufferer might experience partial facial paralysis. The skin and underlying muscles can become noticeably limp and attempts to smile may result in a lopsided countenance. Should such an event take place, contact your nearest emergency care facility for help.

Quick stroke care can save lives and prevent comprehensive disabilities. To speak with a healthcare representative about the warning signs of stroke, call Oak Hill Hospital at (888) 741-5120. Our hospital offers an extensive array of preventive and treatment services for the greater Spring Hill and Brooksville communities. 


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