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Signs Of A Stroke 5 Symptoms To Watch Out For

Signs Of A Stroke: 5 Symptoms To Watch Out For

by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CONComments Off on Signs Of A Stroke: 5 Symptoms To Watch Out For

According to the CDC, over 795,000 people have a stroke every year. It is very important to be able to quickly identify if this is happening to you or someone around you. Here are five critical symptoms to be on the lookout for when identifying a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or lack of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

The best outcomes are normally seen if a patient is treated within three hours of symptoms starting. For this reason, it is important to write down the time symptoms were first seen. The CDC has come out with an “Act FAST” method to help identify if someone may be having a stroke. Here’s how you can act FAST:

F: Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
A: Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S: Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T: Time – If you see any signs, call 911 right away.

To learn more about the recovery process after a stroke and how physical therapy can support stroke patients regain function and independence, click here.

If you or someone you know has recently experienced a stroke and would like to learn how our team can support a successful recovery, schedule a free assessment with a team near you. Free assessments are available in person and virtually through our telehealth platform.

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*Per federal guidelines, beneficiaries of plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VHA and other federally funded plans are not eligible for free assessments.

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Peter Batz is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in orthopedics, vestibular therapy, headache/TMD, dry needling, ACL rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Peter graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He also completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion and obtained his Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS). He strives to get his patients back to performing at their peak levels so they can enjoy life to the fullest.

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