Strokes are “brain attacks” that are occasioned by a disturbed blood circulation in certain parts of the brain.
They are of two types: hemorrhagic and ischemic.
Hemorrhagic kind of strokes are less common and are a result of the hemorrhaging psychological. Ischemic stoke, on the other hand, includes typical strokes that occur as a result of a constricting of the vessels to the brain, limiting the blood flow.
If you want to minimize the extent of stroke-related brain damage, it’s important to understand the symptoms of stroke to be able to seek medical attention on time.
- Loss of balance or control; difficulty walking
- Numbness in the leg, arm, or face, especially on one side
- Trouble talking
- Complete paralysis
- Sudden unexplained disappointment
- Vision problems, on one or both eyes
Learning the F.A.S.T acronym will help you recognize the beginning of a stroke:
- Face – Evaluate whether one side of the face sags. Ask the patient to smile.
- Arms – Examine whether one arm drifts downward by asking the patient to lift the arms.
- Speech – Check if the patient’s speech is odd or slurry after asking him/her to repeat a fundamental phrase.
- Time – No single minute should be wasted; call an ambulance as soon as humanly possible.
You should know that these warning signs occur very fast and without prior warning.
Therefore, you should not wait a second for things to improve or get worse; seek medical assistance as soon as you notice some of the symptoms.
Furthermore, even if you experience the symptoms and they diminish after a short while, consider seeing your doctor, as those short episodes are referred to as transient ischemic assaults, or TIAs, and might increase the chances of a full stroke soon.
You’re also likely to confuse the signs of stroke and migraine.
Here’s how to tell them apart:
- For stroke, the warning signs strike suddenly, but for migraines, the signs come gradually and spread.
- While the symptoms of a migraine are sometimes positive in the form of added stimuli, such as viewing flashing lights, TIA signs usually start with unpleasant symptoms, such as loss of vision, hearing loss, and loss of limb power.
Strokes can attack anyone, but here are the risk factors that increase the chances:
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Age 55 or older
- Family history
- Problems such as heart problems, blood problems, or atrial fibrillation
- Migraines with mood, or aesthetic disruptions
To avert stokes, you have to stay away from the risks and consume a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
You should also exercise regularly to keep your body healthy.