When people with diabetes have a stroke, the results may be more devastating than for other patients. That's because with diabetes, the arteries throughout the body - including the brain - are often narrowed by atherosclerosis. As a result, when an artery in the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot, causing a stroke, there are fewer alternate routes for blood to flow to the affected part of the brain.
The symptoms of a stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
- Difficulty speaking or understanding words; confusion
- Sudden blurred vision or decreased vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden difficulty swallowing
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Sudden inability to move part of the body (paralysis)
- Sudden severe headache
Both heart attack and stroke are emergencies that require immediate treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911.
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