Seeing someone around you having a stroke is no small matter. It can be seriously disturbing. But remaining calm and reacting in a constructive manner is crucial, especially since there is not a second to spare.
It can be difficult to remain steady if your loved one is the one having the stroke, but to ensure that they recover safely and survive, your reaction in the initial phase must be spot on.
Having a Stroke
Often dubbed as “brain attack”, a stroke is when the brain stops getting the steady supply of blood and oxygen it needs to remain active. The reason for this may be because the blood vessels in the brain either have a blockage in the form of a clot, or if one of them is ruptured.
Since the brain is the most important organ of the body along with the heart, any damage or inefficient functioning can be dangerous and even fatal.
Symptoms of a Stroke
Being aware of all the symptoms of a stroke is crucial as this can help you take the right actions at the right time to save someone’s life. The following is a list of symptoms:
- If the person suddenly has trouble seeing or has blurry vision this may be due to a stroke.
- The person starts speaking gibberish or has difficulty speaking properly this should also alert you.
- If the person feels numb in half of the body or has difficulty moving half of their body, this is one of the sure signs of stroke.
- Look at the person’s face, the face will start to look limp on one half. If the face seems to be drooping, you should ask the person to smile. This will confirm your observation.
- Other minor signs include the person experiencing light-headedness, being confused and constant headaches.
What to Do If You See Someone Having a Stroke?
The first thing you should do when you see one or more of these symptoms is, to not wait for a second and immediately call for help by calling 911. You should under no circumstances wait for the other symptoms to appear or wait for the existing symptoms to pass. The first call you make should be to 911, and then you may call others for help.
You should also make sure that you do not leave the person alone or leave him out of sight for even a second. It is important that you stay calm and not panic. Be sure you note down the time the symptoms first started showing.
You should get hold of any medicine the person takes so that you can let the doctors and EMT professionals know as soon as they reach the scene. This may be vital information which can help save the person’s life. But make sure that you don’t give any medicine to the person during this time as this may make the situation worse.
To Sum It up
To reiterate, the most important thing while dealing with such issues is to remain calm and not panic. Staying optimistic about such matters will help in taking the right decision. Remember to call 911 for an ambulance as the first course of action as soon as you notice symptoms.
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