World Stroke Day – you could help save a life just by knowing the facts
29 October marks World Stroke Day which falls within Stroke Awareness Week from 28 October to 4 November. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, stroke is the third biggest cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in our country.
With such startling facts in mind, we wanted to highlight the signs and symptoms of a stroke as knowledge is power and knowing them could help you to save a life.
The first thing to realise is that time is critical in determining the outcome of a stroke victim. The earlier that treatment is received, the better the chance of recovery.
A stroke happens when blood vessels carrying oxygen to part of the brain become blocked or burst. As a result, that part of the brain can’t get blood or oxygen and the affected brain cells then die which may cause permanent brain damage. There are a number of different causes of a stroke with high blood pressure being the leading cause.
A stroke can happen suddenly. The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA lists the following as some of the key symptoms associated with a stroke:
- Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg (most often on one side of the body)
- Loss of speech or difficulty speaking
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden loss of sight
- Sever or unusual headache
- Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or trouble walking
Don’t ignore the signs, if you suspect that you, or someone else is having a stroke, seek emergency medical treatment straight away by calling Maponya 911 (0861 960 960).