Stroke refers to a medical condition in which the blood supply to your brain is temporarily interrupted. As a result, your brain cells fail to get sufficient blood supply and begin to die. It’s a life-threatening condition, and you may end up losing your life if you don’t get immediate medical assistance.
In the US, African Americans have a higher risk of experiencing a stroke. Genetic disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and obesity significantly increase the risk of this medical condition. Moreover, if you’re aged older than 55 years and are diagnosed with hypertension, you’re also at a greater risk unless you try to improve your lifestyle.
You should know about the common signs of stroke and immediately contact emergency services if you or your loved ones come across these symptoms. Here are these:
1. Paralysis or Numbness
In case of a stroke, you may feel that one side of your body is numb or paralyzed. If you have suddenly lost your strength or are feeling numbness in your face, arms or legs, then you may be having a stroke. Try to raise both your arms above your head. If one arm begins to fall, you need immediate medical assistance.
2. Severe Headaches
A hemorrhagic stroke is a common type of stroke in which an artery in the brain bursts and leads to the bleeding of surrounding tissues. If you don’t seek medical care, you may get paralyzed or even risk your life.
If you feel a sudden headache and describe the pain as the worst headache of your life, then it’s time to see your doctor. If you have had a stroke, then immediate medical care can save your life.
3. Slurred Speech
Each side of your brain controls the opposite side of your body. So, if you notice that only one side of your face seems to be drooping, it can be a warning sign of a stroke. For instance, the corner of your mouth or one eye may droop or you may be unable to control your facial expressions.
Also, stroke affects your muscles, which is why you can’t properly speak. If you find it difficult to control your speech muscles and your speech is blurred, then you should visit a nearby medical facility without unnecessary delays.
4. You’re Unable to Walk
Stroke tends to affect only one side of your body, and you can’t balance yourself. You can’t walk or stand straight since one side of your body becomes numb. You may feel dizzy and fall down. It’s an alarming symptom of a stroke that shouldn’t be neglected at any cost.
5. You Can’t Understand Speech
You understand speech through the left side of your brain. If this side of the brain bleeds, you may not be able to process words or understand what’s being said to you. If you’re unable to speak or understand speech, you may be having a stroke.
Now that you know about the tell-tale signs of a stroke, you can save precious lives through timely actions!
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