What are the warning signs of a stroke?



What are the warning signs of a stroke?

World stroke day falls on the 29th of October. This year (2009) the theme is "What can I do?». As the world stroke organization says, everyone can do something: learn to recognize symptoms and take action, learn to recognize the risk factors and take action.

First of all we need to know what a stroke is.

A stroke is a medical emergency. A stroke happens when blood flow to your brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is sometimes also referred to as a "brain attack».

What are the risk factors for a stroke?

>Smoking

>Diabetes

>Hypertension

>Obesity

>Heavy consumption of alcohol

>Irregular heart beat

>Previous stroke

>Increased cholesterol

>High blood pressure

>Some risk factors like age, gender or with a family history of stroke cannot be changed.

Symptoms that will affect different parts of the body:

Brain — Trouble speaking or understanding of speech and also confusion.

Eyes — Vision trouble in one or both eyes.

Stomach — Throwing up or the urge to do so.

Body — Tiredness

Legs — Trouble with walking

Face, legs and arms — Weakness or numbness (Especially on one side of the body)

If you have any of these symptoms it is important that you get to a hospital as fast as possible so that the necessary treatment can be administered. All acute stroke therapies try to stop a stroke while it is in progress by way of quickly dissolving the blood clot or by stopping the bleeding.

If you feel some one you know is experiencing these symptoms you should act F.A.S.T.

Which means:

Face — Does one side of the face droop? You should ask the person to smile.

Arms — Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise his or her arms. Does one of them happen to drift downwards?

Speech — Is speech slurred? Get the person to repeat a simple sentence.

Time — If the person shows any of these symptoms, get to a hospital as soon as possible.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the world today. And stroke causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other known disease.

The rate of recovery after a stroke differs from each individual , but if an individual understands the risks and the warning signs and seeks medical help at the right time this will greatly increase that persons chances of a higher rate of recovery.


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