Did you know a stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability? Yet, when the signs of a stroke are recognized and acted upon with quick medical attention, many strokes can be effectively treated.

Symptoms occur suddenly and may include numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Other warning signs include intense headache, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, trouble speaking, and sudden vision changes in one or both eyes.

Treatment is usually most effective within 3 hours of symptom onset. Medical imaging is often performed in the initial evaluation and the treatment of patients with stroke. Image-guided treatment can result in complete or near-complete recovery from the effects of stroke.

A stroke is treatable when recognized quickly. Know the symptoms and seek emergency medical help immediately when you see the signs.

For information on stroke risks, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, visit RadiologyInfo dot org.

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