Stroke is a mental condition in which poor blood flow in the brain results to cell death. It may be due to lack of blood flow (called ischemic stroke), or due to bleeding (called hemorrhagic stroke). But whether due to lack of blood flow or due to bleeding, the result is that part of the brain would not function properly.
Stroke is like a thief in the night -- you wouldn't actually know when it will strike. However, the following warning signs can indicate of an incoming stroke, so we need to learn to identify and DO NOT IGNORE.
#1: Severe Headache
An unexpected and severe headache can indicate as a symptom of stroke, particularly when it is combined with other symptoms, according to WebMD. You have to note that a couple of these symptoms can happen in the case of migraine, too, so it could be worth asking the affected person if the headache is out of the ordinary for them. If you are in doubt, ask or call for medical help.
#2: Speech Difficulty
People who are affected by a stroke can usually have trouble in speaking clearly and they have the tendency to slur their own words. HealthLine have recommended asking the affected person to repeat what they are saying and you have to make sure whether they are slurring or not.
#3: Arm Weakness
People who are suffering from stroke can usually have unexpected weakness or numbness in their body, and it is commonly concentrated on just one side. WebMD have recommended asking the affected person to raise their arms above their head, can they do it? Is one arm significantly lower than the other?
The Stroke Association has listed unexpected confusion as one of the symptoms of stroke. This can actually mean that an uncharacteristic inability to understand other people or even to articulate thoughts.
#5: Balance Issues
According to Medicine.Net, someone who is suffering from stroke may experience unexpected problems with balance, as well as coordination. If you are not sure, you could ask them to touch their finger to their nose, or even walk in a straight line.
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