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STROKE: Symptoms & Warning Signs

According to World Health Organization, “A stroke is caused by the interruption of the blood supply to the brain, usually because a blood vessel bursts or is blocked by a clot. This cuts off the supply of oxygen and nutrients, causing damage to the brain tissue.”

Stroke is one of the common causes of death, considerable number of people die every year due to stroke problem. It normally happens when due to any reason the oxygen and required glucose supply to brain is reduced. If a situation is not understood in time and treatment is not provided to patient, a permanent brain damage or at worse the death can be the result.

Time is of the essence in stroke problem, if it happens to someone, it must be needed to be diagnosed and treated immediately in order to minimize the brain damage, otherwise a little delay can cause disastrous and irreparable problems.

Following are the few signs and symptoms that one needs to know so that they can diagnose the problem quickly.

Remember the abbreviation, F.A.S.T. It stands for F (Face). A (ARMS). S (SPEECH). T (TIME)

Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to raise up?
Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?
Time. If you observe any of these signs, immediately call for help.

If you feel any deviation in the above mentioned little exercises, you must be warned that these are the signs of stroke. One must try to get medical help as quickly as possible.

Below is an instructional video by the stroke survivor regarding how important it is to recognize the stroke signs by body language of a person in order to reduce the damage to minimum.

Symptoms of Stroke:

  • Trouble with speaking and understanding. You may experience confusion. You may slur your words or have difficulty understanding speech
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body. Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Similarly, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile
  • Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes
  • A sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness
  • You may stumble or experience sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.

Below is an another informational video showing the signs, symptoms and treatment regarding Stroke

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Source: http://www.who.int/topics/cerebrovascular_accident/en/

http://patient.info/health/stroke-leaflet

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