May is Stroke Awareness!

Strokes can happen to anyone, at anytime!  Annually, nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer from strokes and 130,000 die from one. 

Recognizing stroke systems is the key to preventing a needless death.  The best way to tell if someone is having a stroke is to use the acronym FAST, which stands for face dropping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 911. 
If you think someone is having a stroke, ask them to smile, raise an arm, and speak a short sentence.  If you see any of these signs, it’s time to call 911. 

Other Symptoms of a Stroke….

  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.
  • Abrupt loss of vision, strength, coordination, sensation, speech, or the ability to understand speech. These symptoms may become worse over time.
  • Sudden dimness of vision, especially in one eye.
  • Sudden loss of balance, possibly accompanied by vomiting, nausea, fever, hiccups, or trouble with swallowing.
  • Sudden and severe headache with no other cause followed rapidly by loss of consciousness — indications of a stroke due to bleeding.
  • Brief loss of consciousness.
  • Unexplained dizziness or sudden falls.

As always, our staff at Winston Medical Clinic-Main and Winston Medical Clinic-Noxapater are here to provide you with the care you need.  To speak to one of our staff members call 662-773-3503 or 662-724-4051.