These days, younger people are having strokes. I’ve been horrified by the number of people much younger than me who have had strokes. You need to be aware of what a stroke looks like – no matter how old the person is.
If you suspect stroke, time is of the essence — having one or more of these symptoms demands prompt medical action. Call 911 quickly and request transport to a stroke-certified hospital, if possible.
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially if it is on one side.
Sudden confusion or trouble understanding or talking.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, lack of balance or coordination.
Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
And remember, even if these symptoms pass quickly, it is important to get in touch with the doctor immediately. Stroke is serious, no matter how old — or young — you are.
We had a friend of the family die of a massive stroke at age 43. The other lesson is, start living a healthier lifestyle now. You may not have as long as you think you do.