Stroke Signs You Should Get Familiar With

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Stroke Signs You Should Get Familiar With

Strokes are the result of what happens when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients stops flowing to a certain part of the brain due to a clot (an ischemic stroke) or rupturing (a hemorrhagic stroke). They are sometimes referred to as “brain attacks.” When blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain does not get enough blood and oxygen, which allows brain cells to die, causing permanent damage. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. If stroke symptoms are seen or noticed, it is imperative that you call 911 as soon as possible, as these symptoms need to be acted on immediately.
According to the American Stroke Association, the acronym, F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke.

F: Face Drooping– Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
A: Arm Weakness– Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S: Speech Difficulty-Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T: Time to call 911: If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

  • Other stroke symptoms include:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Though some risk stroke risk factors cannot be changed or can only be controlled (age, high blood pressure, etc.), you can lower the risk of having a stroke by improving your lifestyle. You can do this by quitting smoking, treating diabetes, having a balanced diet, being active.

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