By Alison AshtonCountry music star Randy Travis's recent stroke made headlines. Here's how to spot stroke symptoms.
Did you catch the headlines about Randy Travis's recent stroke while being hospitalized for congestive heart failure?
Because Travis was in the hospital at the time, he received immediate attention. Prompt treatment is crucial to minimize brain damage from a stroke, says Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, Sharecare's executive vice president of clinical strategy and an emergency room physician.
But a stroke can happen anytime and anywhere. Would you know what to do for someone who might be having a stroke?
First, you have to spot the symptoms of a stroke, which can be subtle. Sharecare cofounder Dr. Mehmet Oz shares three stroke symptoms to look for:
- Ask the person to smile. If one side of her face droops, it may be a stroke.
- Ask the person to raise both arms. If it's a stroke, one side will drift downward.
- Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, like "It's a nice day." Slowed, slurred or garbled speech is another stroke symptom.
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