How to Recognize a Stroke

High Blood Pressure and Strokes

Since May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, it’s not surprising that this month is also National Stroke Awareness Month, since high blood pressure is a primary risk factor for strokes.

My mom suffered from “mini-strokes,” or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) as she aged, due to her hypertenstion.

Several years ago, my brother-in-law suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke, again, due to high blood pressure.  He was fortunate enough to have an employee who recognized stroke symptoms and acted quickly to get help.  That quick action helped my brother-in-law survive, though recovery wasn’t easy.
Would you recognize stroke symptoms?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes them as:


  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (particularly on one side of the body)
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Want to learn more?

How to Identify a Stroke (S-T-R)

National Stroke Association