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What Does A Stroke Look Like? A Woman Filmed Herself Having A Stroke And Posted The Video Online To Warn Others

Date September 14, 2018 12:29

Woman filmed herself having a stroke and shared the video online to warn others

When Stacey Yepes developed face numbness and slurred speech, doctors wrote her symptoms off, saying they were 'stress-related'. Two days later, the woman was driving to work, and had to pull over because her symptoms came back.

At the moment, Yepes had no idea what was happening, so she filmed herself and described her symptoms.

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She came to work, and her colleagues who saw the video told her to go to a different hospital. The day after Yepes filmed the video, it helped doctors at Toronto Western Hospital identify her symptoms as those of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a 'mini-stroke', CNN reported.

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Mini-strokes often happen before full-blown strokes, so the woman was lucky she got help in time. Doctors put her on blood-thinners and cholesterol-lowering medicines to prevent further strokes.

Woman filmed herself having a strokeHeart and Stroke / YouTube

Yepes decided to share the video online to help others learn what a stroke looks like. She also took part in a campaign by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to spread awareness about stroke symptoms even further.

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Stroke risk in women and how to identify it

According to the National Stroke Association, strokes are more common in women than in men. It’s estimated that 55,000 more women have a stroke than men every year. This figure may have to do with the fact that women live longer than men. Also, a stroke may lead to more negative outcomes in women because:

  1. They are more likely to live alone at the time of a stroke.
  2. They are more likely to end up in a long-term healthcare facility after the event.
  3. They tend not to recover well after a stroke.

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Stroke is a medical emergency, so if you think you or someone else is having a stroke, you should call 911 right away. To help you identify stroke symptoms, here’s a handy acronym (FAST):

  1. Face – one side of the face is drooping.
  2. Arms – it’s difficult to lift your arm.
  3. Speech – it’s difficult to speak, and the speech is slurred.
  4. Time – if these symptoms are present, it’s time to call 911.

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Other symptoms may include confusion, dizziness, numbness, or weakness on one side of the body, vision problems, trouble walking, and a severe headache that can be described as 'the worst headache in your life'.

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If you or someone else has these symptoms, get medical help immediately. When a stroke happens, every second counts!

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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