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Warning Signs, Treatment and Prevention of Stroke

Stroke Warning Signs

The five warning signs of stroke are:

  1. Sudden onset of weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  2. Sudden speech difficulty or confusion
  3. Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  4. Sudden onset of dizziness, trouble walking or loss of balance
  5. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately and the ambulance will take you to the nearest emergency room.

The prevention of stroke is a three-part process:

  • Modification of lifestyle
  • Selection of the appropriate prevention medications
  • Surgical procedures to remove blockages in arteries that could lead to a stroke

Surgery to Treat and Prevent Stroke

UC San Diego Health is a leader in the primary and secondary surgical treatment of stroke. Read more about preventing stroke through surgical treatments, including:

Treating Carotid Artery Stenosis:

  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Carotid artery stenting

Treating Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD):

  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Intracranial stenting

Treating Cardiogenic Causes of Stroke:

Treating Hemorrhagic Stroke:

  • Neurovascular treatment and cranial surgery for cerebral aneurysms, AVMs, dural arteriovenous fistulas and cavernomas. UC San Diego Health treats a higher percentage of patients who have had hemorrhagic strokes than any other San Diego County hospital.