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Thursday, July 2, 2015

5 Signs That You May Be Having A Stroke

African American Stroke Victim

It's very common for people to ignore health problems and chalk it up as being nothing to worry about. Some signs are generally ignored if they seem to be related to other, less serious health problems. But there are some signs that should never, ever be ignored. These signs could mean you are having a stroke.

Strokes can be deadly

Strokes are the number 5 leading cause of death among Americans. So, if you are experiencing any of these signs, don't make the mistake of ignoring them. See a doctor immediately.

#1 - Blurry vision: Blurry vision, loss of sight in one eye, or double vision is a common sign of stroke. The cause is a blocked blood vessel that can reduce the amount of oxygen getting to the eye.

#2 - Slurred speech: This is another common sign that is often chalked up to being tired, or as a side effect of medications.

#3 - Dizziness: Sudden dizziness than impairs your ability to walk straight or even stand up could be a sign of a stroke. Dizziness is caused by a decrease of blood flow to the brain.

#4 - Headache: If you never get headaches and a severe headache comes on suddenly, it could indicate a stroke.

#5 - Numbness in the arm: This refers to your arm suddenly becoming numb or weak, and the symptoms continue. A stroke will produce this symptom as a result of decreased blood flow through the arteries.

Strokes kill 130,000 Americans a year. Don't be one of them. If you are having any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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