DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – October 29th is World Stroke Day. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability.
Dr. John Terry joined Mark Allan on Five on 2 to talk about the signs of a stroke and technology helping patients in rural areas. Dr. Terry is the medical director of stroke and a neurointerventionalist at Miami Valley Hospital.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is blocked or bursts and can’t deliver oxygen and nutrients for brain cells to function.
Signs of a stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness
- Loss of speech
- Loss of vision
- Dizziness with loss of balance
- Severe headache
Dr. Terry says you can use the F.A.S.T. test to determine if a stroke is occurring.
He also talked about Telestroke technology, which links a health specialist to hospitals and emergency centers throughout the region.