Sign and Symptoms of Stroke

Learn Sign and Symptoms of Stroke to help if you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke.

Stroke is also referred as attack or cerebrovascular accident, is an emergency condition in which blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or  severely reduced which deprives the brain tissue of oxygen and food. Stroke occurs when an artery that supplies oxygenated blood to the brain becomes damaged  due to any ischemic disease or any traumatic injury.

In severe cases stroke may cause paralysis, impaired speech, memory loss, coma, or death.Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

About 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States.About 15 million people suffer from stroke per year Worldwide, out of them one third die due to severity of condition.

Sign and Symptoms of Stroke

Sign and Symptoms of Stroke

Here are some common Sign and Symptoms of Stroke given below that every person should know:

Blurred Vision

Stroke can cause blurred vision or loss of vision due to interrupted or severely reduced blood supply to specific area of brain that is connected with eye or controls the vision phenomenon.

Speaking Difficulty

Stroke can impair the ability to express yourself or understand speech.You may experience confusion and your have blurred speech due impairment specific brain part that controls motor functions(muscle movement) of your body.

Paralysis/ Numbness

Stroke may cause paralysis or numbness in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body.You can check this symptom by yourself, just raise both of your arms above the level of your head If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke.

Weak Arm or Leg

stroke can cause weakness or numbness in leg or arm.It may cause complete paralysis of arm or leg.Most commonly affected limb is on the  side of the body opposite from where the stroke occurred in the brain.

Headache

A sudden or severe associated with vomiting, dizziness and altered consciousness indicates that you are suffering from stroke.

Pain

Stroke may cause intense pain in your in an arm, a leg, one side of your face or chest.

Hiccups

Stroke may cause hiccups when it affects the brain’s breathing center.It can trigger a sudden, protracted case of hiccups which are more common in women.

Stroke Symptoms and Warning Sign

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. If you find any of the following symptoms then think FAST and take following measures:

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?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?

Time: If you observe any of these stroke symptoms and earning sign, immediately contact emergecy help service.

About Dr. Arslan Malik

Dr. Arslan Malik
Arslan Malik is noted health blogger, public health activist, aspiring dreamer and avid reader. With doctor in pharmacy, he has worked closely with various health organizations, multinational pharmaceuticals and community health programs. Beside his professional practice, he has an avid interest in writing and teaching Physiology and Medicines. He covers variety of topics from Nutrition and Natural Care to Diseases, Treatments, Drug Interactions, Preventive Care and Clinical Research.

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