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Stroke is a medical emergency. If you notice one or more of the warning signs in yourself or someone else, call 911 and get help immediately.
FACE. Look for an uneven smile, facial drooping or numbness, or vision disturbances.
ARM AND LEG. Weakness, numbeness or difficulty walking may signal stroke.
SPEECH. Slurred speech, inappropriate words or the inability to speak are signs of trouble.
TIME. Time is critical; the damage caused by stroke can be lessened if treatment starts quickly. Call 911 to get treatment started right away.
When it comes to stroke, some risk factors are controllable and some are not. No matter what, though, you want to be aware of all of them. Evaluation and treatment at a certified stroke center reduces a patient's risk for future strokes. It is very important that patients do not wait to be treated.
What's out of your control: Your age, race and family history call all increase your risk for stroke.
What you can control: The major lifestyle risk factors for stroke are smoking, excessive alcohol use, being overweight and a sedentary lifestyle.
Stroke prevention tactics – eating healthy, exercising, not smoking, drinking alcohol moderately – are in line with recommendations for an overall healthy lifestyle.
Baylor Irving is a certified primary stroke center. To learn more about the hospital's stroke services, call 1.800.4BAYLOR.
For more information or for a physician referral, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search our physician directory.
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