A stroke occurs when the blood supply to an area of the brain is cut off. Acting fast can make a big difference for someone who's having a stroke. People who get treatment sooner have a major disadvantage.
The symptoms depend on the region of the brain that is affected by the loss of blood supply. Here are some signs your body shows before having a stroke, or that may indicate a stroke:
1. Dropping Of The Face
Here, one side of the face drops, or is numb. If you notice a droop, or an uneven smile in a person's face; it is a warning sign.
2. Weakness or Numbness of The Arm
If you're unsure about this, you can try raising your arms, if your arms drops down, or isn't steady; it is a warning sign.
3. Difficulty in Speech
The speech may be incomprehensible. Slurred speech can indicate a stroke.
4. Numbness or Weakness in The Face, Arm & Leg
Stroke affects one half of the body from a different hemisphere. This numbness or weakness of the face, arm & leg is usually located on one side of the body.
5. Sudden Dizziness, Trouble Walking, Loss of Balance or Coordination
This happens very suddenly. You're fine now, and the next moment you feel dizzy, or you have trouble keeping your balance.
6. Sudden and Severe Headache
You might be having serious headaches for no obvious cause. This doesn't even usually relate to your usual headache triggers.
7. Overall Fatigue
There is usually an overall feeling of tiredness, or lack of energy. This happens without any triggers (no prior physical activity of any kind).
8. Trouble Seeing in One or Both Eyes
Stroke can affect the area of the brain that manages vision. A sudden loss of vision is a sign of stroke.
Note: women can have unique symptoms. This include fainting, general weakness, shortness of breath, confusion, sudden behavioral change, irritation, hallucination.
If someone is experiencing stroke symptoms, it's time to act fast and see a doctor, to prevent disability or death.
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