Nearly one-third of stroke victims are younger than 65. You could be at risk for stroke if you have risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and artery disease, or certain blood disorders. Physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol or illegal drug use and obesity also could put you at a higher risk.
“When a person is having a stroke, time is critical,” says Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH, neurologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “The more time between onset of symptoms and treatment, the more brain cells die. It is important to recognize the symptoms and call 911 quickly.” Sudden symptoms include:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
- Confusion or trouble speaking
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance
- Severe headache with no known cause
Saint Francis Medical Center is offering a free stroke screening on Thursday, May 8, from 7-11 am in the Health and Wellness Center –
Entrance 8. Call 573-331-3996 to reserve your spot.