Once the body flow to the brain and brain cells start dying, a stroke happens. Anyone can be a victim of a stroke. It happens to more than a third of those hospitalizes under 65 years of age. Included in the big risk factors are high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol.
It is said that time is of the essence when someone is having a stroke. A long-term disability or death can be prevented by a treatment within the hour. For you to know, early warning signs of stroke can be noticed way ahead of time before it will happen.
A lot of these signals can happen hours, days and even weeks in advance.
1. Arm WeaknessBefore experiencing a stroke, people often have sudden numbness of weakness in their body. It’s usually concentrated on one side. It’s recommended to raise your arms above the head once this happens.
2. Face DroopingDoes one side of the face look droopy or lopsided? It is recommended to ask the person to smile in order to see if their smile is lopsided or uneven.
3. Speech DifficultyTrouble in speaking clearly and tending to slur words are often signs of people affected by stroke. It is suggested to ask the person to repeat what they are saying in order to be sure if they are slurring.
4. Severe HeadacheA symptom of stroke can be a severe and sudden headache, especially when paired with other symptoms. Most of these symptoms can occur in way of a migraine. So, it would be worth the try if you ask the person if a headache he/she experiencing is out of the ordinary for them. Always call for medical help if in doubt.
5. Changes In VisionSudden blindness or double vision can be a sign of an impending stroke.
6. ConfusionSudden confusion can mean an uncharacteristic inability to understand articulate thoughts or other people.
7. Balance IssuesSome people experiencing stroke may have sudden issues with coordination and balance. If you’re unsure, you may ask the person to walk in a straight line or to touch their finger to their nose.
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