While symptoms can be all over the body, they are usually in the brain. Signs of stroke may include sudden difficulty speaking, mental confusion, inability to use an arm or leg, and facial paralysis usually on one side of the face. Milder symptoms, such as a spasm of an artery of vein felt in the head or a bad headache that cannot be relieved by a usual dose of medicine, are also important to treat.
Changes in your diet can help prevent stroke. Restrict your cholesterol, saturated fat, sodium (including MSG), and increase fluid intake. In addition, eat small meals frequently, and take nutritional supplements as ordered by your doctor.
If you experience any of the above symptoms and think it’s a stroke, call 911 immediately and follow your doctor’s instructions.
By Linda McAlister RN, Case Manager