How to Know if You're Having a Stroke

Chronic Diseases

How to Know if You're Having a Stroke

A stroke is usually a result of an underlying condition, but can also suddenly occur in healthy individuals.


Stroke happens when one of your arteries develops a blockage or suddenly bursts. A stroke is usually a result of an underlying condition, but can also occur even in healthy individuals.

There are two kinds of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic, with the former being the most common type. The main difference between the two is that an ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot in an artery, while a hemorrhagic stroke is the result of a ruptured or leaking artery.

Both types of stroke are classified as a medical emergency. Every minute lost during an attack can change a person’s life forever, so it’s important that you recognize the initial signs before it’s too late.

 

Symptoms

A stroke can happen suddenly and can lead to permanent disability or even death if you do not know how to detect the early signs. The American Stroke Association recommends learning about the “F.A.S.T.” warning signs of stroke before it’s too late:

Face drooping – Observe if one side of your face shows signs of drooping or feels numb. Test your theory by smiling in front of a mirror to determine if one side is uneven or lopsided.

Arm weakness – Quickly raise both arms sideward and check if one side is drifting downward. Feel both arms for numb/weak sensations.

Speech – Slurred speech is one of the first noticeable symptoms of stroke. Try to recite a simple sentence or attempt to repeat some words to yourself or to a companion.

Time to call your emergency hotline – Once you exhibit ANY of the mentioned symptoms, ask someone to call for an ambulance or to bring you to the nearest emergency room even if the symptoms go away. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital since suffering from a possible stroke can also cause dizziness, confusion, and blurred vision.

Report all symptoms to your physician so they can properly diagnose your condition. You may undergo several tests to determine the exact cause of the stroke and how it can be prevented.

 

General disclaimer

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