According to The Internet Stroke Center, most warning signs for a stroke come on suddenly. The most common warning sign is sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, usually occurring on one side of the body.
Other sudden warning signs of a stroke include:
- Numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially 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
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 140,000 people die each year, according to the Internet Stroke Center. It’s also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
Strokes are frequently caused by blood clots breaking off and traveling to the brain. According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for blood clots include a family history of clots, long periods of immobility, pregnancy and use of birth control pills.
While most birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots, numerous studies indicate that pills containing the compound drospirenone carry up to three times the risk compared to other oral contraceptives on the market. Pills with drospirenone include Yasmin, Yaz, Beyaz and Ocella.
Patients should consult their doctors before making any changes in their medication. A consultation with a Beyaz lawyer is also important if there are significant injuries.
See more information on strokes here: http://www.strokecenter.org/