We are all touched by disease – the steps we take today may pave the path we walk tomorrow.
This year I am pleased to be a Zone Coordinator for the Heart and Stroke Foundation canvassing fundraiser. As a Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with stroke survivors and their families for a number of years, I clearly realize the value of prevention and early intervention.
Did you know that quickly responding to a stroke can significantly improve survival and recovery? Unfortunately, many people may temporarily experience signs of a stroke and then neglect to report the episode. Sometimes this mini-stroke is a warning that something much bigger is on the way. Take the warning as a blessing and call 9-1-1.
The following warning signs were taken from www.heartandstroke.com where you can also find very helpful information about understanding and trying to prevent a stroke.
The five signs
Stroke can be treated. That is why it is so important to recognize and respond to the warning signs.
Weakness - Sudden loss of strength or sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, even if temporary.
Trouble speaking - Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding or sudden confusion, even if temporary.
Vision problems - Sudden trouble with vision, even if temporary.
Headache - Sudden severe and unusual headache.
Dizziness - Sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs.
If you experience any of these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.
Take care of you!
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of of Speech Therapy
TinyEYE Therapy Services (Speech Therapy Telepractice)