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How To Spot The Signs Of A Stroke

Many of us have heard of the term, but still plenty of us are unsure what a stroke actually is, which is quite shocking when you look at how many people it affects worldwide. For those of you that don’t already know, a stroke is the most common cardio-vascular disorder besides heart disease and currently accounts for over 5.7 million deaths each year.

Because of the fact that nearly one in ten of all deaths are caused by strokes, we thought it is important to share with as many people as possible the signs and symptoms so that you can act quickly and potentially save a life, maybe even your own.

What most of us are unaware of is that there are different types of strokes, not all are the same and therefore not all symptoms will be the same for each person. A stroke can be caused by either a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain, better known as Ischemic strokes, or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (known as hemorrhagic strokes).

Now, if you ever have any suspicion that someone close-by is having a stroke, call an ambulance immediately. Strokes need to be dealt with quickly, so it’s always best to make a fuss even if it turns out to be nothing. Below we have listed a few things to look out for, and to help you remember just use the word F-A-S-T, which stands for Face, Arms, Speech, Time.

Face – Signs and symptoms will vary but the best instigation will be if it begins very suddenly. The face is a common sign – it may have dropped on one side and movement in the mouth or eye may be affected.

Arms – Sometimes strokes cause weakness or numbness in the arms and the person may not be able to lift one or two arms at all.

Speech – The person with suspected stroke may have slurred speech or may be unable to talk even though they appear to be well awake.

Time – Like we mentioned before, time is vital so dial 999 instantly if you see any of these signs or symptoms in anyone, even yourself.

Although the F-A-S-T test is often able to identify 9/10 strokes, in some cases there will be symptoms of a different nature. To ensure you are fully knowledgeable and educated about strokes, take a look at some other signs and symptoms below.

Other Signs & Symptoms

  • The sensation of numbness or weakness in one side of the body, resulting in complete paralysis
  • Sudden loss of vision or impaired vision
  • The feeling of being dizzy and disorientated
  • Confusion in communication, difficulty talking and understanding what people are saying
  • Feeling unbalanced and uncoordinated
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Sudden and extreme headaches that are dissimilar to what the person has experienced before. This is even more of a cause for concern when it is associated with neck stiffness
  • Total blacking out

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Posted by admin on Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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