Far too few people recognize first signs of stroke

Dresden, Germany  - Far too few people recognize the first signs of a stroke, experts from Dresden University Hospital said on the occasion of World Stroke Day. Signs include sudden weakness, deafness or paralysis, vision or speech problems, a dazed feeling and dizziness.

The sooner victims receive treatment, the greater their chances of surviving a cerebrovascular accident without lasting brain damage, the experts said. A person experiencing stroke symptoms should seek immediate medical assistance.

Risk factors for strokes are smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, being overweight, diabetes, and high blood pressure. According to the experts, a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and sufficient exercise can help prevent the cause of strokes: arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). (dpa)