When you see your primary care physician for your annual checkup, ask about undergoing a stroke screening.
People who are most at risk for stroke are those who have close family members who suffered a stroke before the age of 50. Those older than 60 who have heart disease risk factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking are also at risk for stroke.
“The main purpose of a stroke screening is public health knowledge,” says Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH, neurologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “You need to know the signs of stroke so you can head straight to the emergency department if it happens to you or a loved one.”
Signs of stroke include sudden:
- Numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
- Trouble seeing
- Trouble walking
- Severe headache
- Speech difficulties
To learn more about stroke screenings, talk to your primary care physician or call 573-331-3000.