Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Day 10 - Know the stroke warnings

Ok. Some of my friends are or have been turning (shhhsh) 40. This means that I will be there soon. So, it's good - really it's important, to know some key health signs.

I just opened the new yellow pages and stuck inside was a magnet outlining the 5 signs of a stroke. If you experience the signs, you are to call 9-1-1 right away and it could save your life and reduce the extent of the stroke. The signs are:

WEAKNESS
TROUBLE SPEAKING
VISION PROBLEMS
HEADACHE
DIZZINESS

In addition, I had heard a while back that the signs for women may be different. Maybe because we are tougher ( ha ) - and the above signs are easily overlooked for us?? But, in any case, here are some more that apply to women.

Loss of consciousness or fainting
Shortness of breath
Falls or accidents
Sudden pain in the face, chest, arms or legs
Seizure
Sudden hiccups
Sudden nausea
Sudden tiredness
Sudden pounding or racing heartbeat (palpitations)

So, take care and know your signs so that you can help someone and perhaps even help yourself.

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