Must Learn! 7 Early signs and symptoms of having a stroke!

Stroke is caused by improper blood flow in the brain. It is the leading cause of disability and death in the world.
It is important to know that there are 2 major types of strokes. The first type is ischemic, which is caused by blockage in the arteries leading to the brain, and the other one is hemorrhagic, which is caused by reduced blood flow
A stroke happens when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. Upon this occurrence, one part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, thus the cells there die.
Even when a person survives a stroke, permanent brain damage and malfunction of the other part of the body is the most possible outcome. However, it is highly significant to be aware of the warning signs of a stroke and for medical help as soon as possible to reduce the risk of serious damage to the brain.

Common Signs and Symptoms

1. Sudden weakness
2. Vision problems. You may experience blurred vision, blackened vision or double vision.
3. Loss of consciousness.
4. Paralysis or numbness on the face, arms or legs (especially if it is only on one side of the body). You may experience that one side of your face feels droopy and is difficult to smile or when you raise your arms you are unable to keep both raised.
5. Trouble speaking or understanding speech. You may experience slurring of words or confusion.
6. Trouble walking. You may experience dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.
7. Sudden headache. If your headache is sudden and severe it may be an indication you are having a stroke. If this is accompanied with vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness it is a strong indication of a stroke.

People At Risk of Stroke:

  • People with diabetes
  • People with high blood pressure
  • People with, or a family history of, heart disease
  • Smokers
  • The older you are the more likely you are to have a stroke
  • People who have already experienced a stroke or TIA
  • Family history of stroke or TIA
  • Obese people
  • People under high stress or depressed
  • People with no, or minimal, physical activity
  • Heavy drinkers or users of illicit drugs
  • People with obstructive sleep apnea
It is important to remember that a stroke is a serious medical condition that requires immediate attention. Failure to take immediate action can lead to permanent brain damage and disability. If you or someone you know is experiencing the above symptoms do not hesitate to seek medical attention.

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