Strokes are medical emergencies that require immediate medical attention. Warning signs of stroke include the following: Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion, sudden vision problems in one or both eyes, sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, sudden, severe headache with no known cause, sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech.
Dr McCullough’s mother, Wendy McCullough, who is her husband’s primary caretaker, offers advise based on her experience.
To those who may have a stroke in the family, she said, see an attorney and handle a living will and discuss power of attorney, save receipts and documents, do as the doctors say.
“If you go through this, save every piece of paper,” she said. “Make sure you get into a good rehab, make sure you make use of any counseling, either emotional or financial, to make sure you can cope.”
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