Stroke is the #4 cause of death and the most common cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when blood circulation to the brain fails. Due to the decreased blood flow and lack of oxygen to the brain during a stroke, brain cells can die and brain damage can occur. This can cause permanent loss of movement, speech, vision, or even death.
When your brain is not receiving enough oxygen, it sends warning signals to your body. It’s important to know the signs of a stroke to prevent disability or death.
Learn your stroke risk
Signs of a stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
- Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Stroke symptoms unique to women:
- Trouble seeing or walking
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Seizure or severe headache
- Sudden hiccups
- Sudden nausea
- Sudden weakness
- Sudden racing heartbeat
- Sudden pain in face, chest, arms, or legs
The Freeman Stroke Assessment, offered free of charge, can help you learn your stroke risk, risk factors associated with stroke, and steps to take to reduce your risk. The assessment takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and asks demographic questions and medical history questions.
After completing online assessment, you'll receive a free personalized report that outlines important information about your health, including your risk of stroke and stroke risk factors. This report can be printed and downloaded. We encourage you to print your report and bring it to your next appointment with your physician. Take the stroke assessment today!