Here’s 7 early warning signs of stroke everyone should know

A stroke occurs when the blood
flow to the brain is stopped and the brain cells start dying. A Stroke
can happen to anyone of us – more than a third of those hospitalized are
under 65 years old, according to MedicineNet. High cholesterol, high
blood pressure, and smoking are all big risk factors.

 

The National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke emphasizes that time is of the essence
when someone is having a stroke. Treatment within the hour can prevent
long-term disability or death. Believe it or not, there are warning
signs for a stroke way ahead of when it will happen. Some of these signs
can happen hours, days, and sometimes weeks in advance. 

 

Here are 7
early warning signs:

1) Face drooping. Does one side of the face
look lopsided or droopy? Stroke ORG suggests asking the affected person
to smile so you can see if their smile is uneven or lopsided.

2)
Arm weakness.
People experiencing a stroke often have sudden weakness or
numbness in their body, and it’s usually concentrated on one side.
WebMD suggests asking them to raise their arms above their head – can
they do it? Is one arm significantly lower than the other?

3)
Speech difficulty.
People affected by a stroke often have trouble
speaking clearly and tend to slur their words. Healthline suggests
asking the person to repeat what they are saying, to be sure whether
they are slurring.

4) Severe headache. According to WebMD, a
sudden and severe headache can be a symptom of stroke, especially when
paired with other symptoms. Note that a couple of these symptoms can
occur in the case of a migraine, too, so it could be worth asking the
person if the headache is out of the ordinary for them. If in doubt,
always call for medical help.

5) Changes in vision. MedicineNet
advises that sudden double-vision or blindness in one eye can be a sign
of an impending stroke.

6) Confusion. The Stroke Association lists
sudden confusion as a key symptom. This can mean an uncharacteristic
inability to understand other people or articulate thoughts.

7)
Balance issues.
Someone suffering from a stroke may experience sudden
issues with balance and coordination, according to MedicineNet. If
you’re unsure, you could ask them to touch their finger to their nose,
or walk in a straight line.

Time is of the absolute essence when
you or someone else is showing the early warning signs of a stroke, and
if you won’t remember all the signs then memorize this pneumonic from
the American Stroke Association: F.A.S.T.

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