Signs Your Loved One May Have Suffered a Stroke – Certified Stroke Center at Southern Hills Hospital is Here to Help
Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, and is the third leading cause of death (following heart disease and cancer). Because a stroke can have such varied effects, it is easy to misunderstand stroke symptoms. However, immediate medical attention for a stroke is critical in preventing further, more devastating damage. The Stroke Team at Southern Hills Hospital Stroke Center has compiled this list of stroke warning signs to help you determine if a loved one may require medical assistance.
Diminished Motor Skills
A stroke can have a variety of different effects on a person’s cognitive abilities and fine motor skills, depending on where a stroke occurs within the brain. It isn’t uncommon for a stroke to affect only one half of the body (depending on which hemisphere of the brain is affected), resulting in total or partial paralysis. A stroke can also result in feelings of numbness or intermittent pain within the head, hands, or feet.
Loss of Memory/Cognition
The cognitive effects of a stroke are often much harder to identify if a victim manifests little or no physical symptoms. Cognitive impairments include a sudden loss of spatial and analytical relations between objects, aphasia relating to speech or spelling, or sudden vision impairment in one or both eyes. Short-term memory retention may also be affected.
Sudden Personality Changes
Unfortunately, a stroke can also have a profound neurological impact on a person’s emotional control. This may result in a mild to profound change in attitude, resulting in behavior that ranges from extremely cautious to blatantly impulsive, or even inexplicably hostile.
If you or a loved one exhibits these common signs of stroke, then contact our professional medical team with the Certified Stroke Center at Southern Hills Hospital. We are an award-winning healthcare institution in southern Las Vegas. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700 or visit us online for more information.