May 21, 2015 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Symptoms of a Stroke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US, so it’s critical to recognize the signs and act fast. That said, not everyone displays the classic symptoms, such as numbness on one side of the body, when having a stroke.

Confusion, sudden and severe head pain, and vision problems can also be signs of stroke. Jennifer Majersik, MD, a neurologist and the director of University of Utah Health’s Stroke Center explains.

How to Prevent Stroke

“Stroke prevention is critical,” says Majersik. Here’s her advice to help prevent stroke:

  • Get regular checkups.
  • Know your blood pressure (most people should be less than 130/80).
  • Stop smoking.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthful diet that includes lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish, and limited saturated fat.


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