When you recognize the signs of a stroke, the life you can save could be your own or someone else’s. Many of us think that stroke is something that occurs only in the elderly, but doctors suggest that it can happen to anyone. Dynamic lifestyle coupled with improper diet is the main cause for this phenomenon.
Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death in the US, and it’s also a leading cause of severe, lasting disability.
To protect yourself, learn to recognize the early symptoms, in which you need to react immediately.
- Vision Problems
Stroke can cause ghosting, blurred picture or complete loss of vision in one or both eyes. 45% of people who suffered from a stroke told that the loss of vision is one of the major symptoms.
- Sudden headache and dizziness
Vertigo is an important sign of stroke in women younger than 45 years. If often occurs, seek for medical help immediately.
- Problems with speech
One of the first signs of stroke is casual speech. Initially manifested as confusion about time and place, later to move to a complete loss of ability to speak, leading to confusion.
- Limbs weakness
After a stroke, limb usually becomes poorer, harder to control, or fully paralyzed. Usually the arm or leg of the opposite hemisphere of the brain, affected by the impact, suffers the most.
Extend both hands with palms facing up and hold them in that position for about 10 seconds. If one arm begins to fall uncontrolled, shows weakness – that is a sign of a stroke.
- Pain only on one side of the face
Pain is not a typical syndrome of stroke, but if you experience sudden and severe pain in the limbs or in one side of the face, then the sign is obvious.
- Headache and migraine
The sudden and extremely severe headache, which can be categorized as one of worsening you had, is a common symptom of stroke. Such pain in combination with stroke usually occurs in women and in younger people suffered from migraine.
- Facial paralysis
If you cannot control the muscles on one side of the face, it is almost certain that you had a stroke.
Studies have shown that stroke in women is more often associated with symptoms such as fatigue, confusion, disorientation and exhaustion.
This warning symptom occurs more frequently in women. Hiccups occur as a result of attack of the breathing center in the brain.
- Difficulty in breathing and tachycardia
Wheezing and lack of air result in cardiac arrhythmia. Although often appear in women, these are symptoms that in no case should be ignored.
Remember, you might be having a stroke even if you are not facing all of the symptoms. And think of checking the time. The first thing that ER nurse at the hospital will ask you is when did the first symptom occurred.