How to recognize a stroke

A stroke is an interruption of blood flow to the brain. Symptoms of a stroke include sudden difficult walking, balance or coordination problems, difficulty with vision and slurred speech, comprehension problems, sudden numbness in arms and legs, and sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Anyone can have a stroke but it is important to know if you are at higher risk. The leading cause of stroke is hypertension. Patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoke or who have had a stroke in the past, are all at a higher risk of having a stroke.

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