Definition:

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, which deprives the brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes brain cells begin to die. Strokes can be treated and prevented.

 

Symptoms:

  • Trouble speaking or understanding

  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg

  • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes

  • A sudden and severe headache that may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness

  • Trouble walking

 

How to treat before seeking medical advice:

Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke.