What are the signs of a stroke?
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech problem
- Time to call emergency services
- Difficulty seeing
- Dizziness and loss of balance
- Headache and Nausea
A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. Once this occurs, cells in the brain will quickly start to die. The waiting time between the start of the stroke and receiving treatment can lead to irreversible results. That is why the key to surviving one is F.A.S.T. action. Bring the person having a stroke to the emergency room right away so that they can be catered to by professional Las Piñas doctors.
Strokes can happen at any time and anywhere. Even if the risk of a stroke increases with age, it can happen to anyone regardless of how old they are. The irreversible effects of a stroke depend on the area of the brain that was damaged. It can lead to permanent loss of function, memory problems, and even a change in a person’s mental well-being.
Read on to learn about more signs of a stroke.
The first and most noticeable symptom of a stroke is the drooping of the face. Ask the person to smile. If you notice that the smile is uneven, then get them to the emergency room as fast as you can. They may also tell you that their face feels numb. If you do not have a way to get to the medical center, call emergency services as quickly as possible.
Next, ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Are they saying that it feels weak or numb? Then this may also be a sign that they are having a stroke. More often than not, the affected limb is found on the opposite side of the body from where exactly the stroke originated in the brain.
Observe the way the person is speaking. Are they slurring so much that it becomes hard for you to understand? Get them to try and repeat a simple sentence. Do you notice that they are also having trouble communicating? Are they getting the words mixed up?
Time to call emergency services
The first set of tests that you can use to diagnose a stroke is the F.A.S.T. method.
- Face drooping
- Arm Weakness
If the person is showing all of the signs on the list, then they will need emergency treatment as soon as humanly possible. If you are from the Las Piñas area, call the Perpetual Help Medical Center’s emergency number: 874-ALTA or 874-8515.
Besides the first few symptoms, there are also other symptoms that can help you check if the person is indeed having a stroke.
A person having a stroke can experience blurred vision, double vision, or complete loss of vision in one eye. Difficulty seeing is not as noticeable as the previous symptoms on the list. You would have to confirm it with the person themselves if they are indeed experiencing it. However, this could prove to be quite difficult if the person is confused and having trouble speaking to other people.
Dizziness and loss of balance
Is the person having a hard time standing? Another symptom that is difficult to diagnose is dizziness and loss of balance. This is because this particular symptom can be mistaken for another type of sickness. To better make sure, check if the person is experiencing any of the symptoms on the list. If they are experiencing three or more, then they are most likely experiencing a stroke.
Headache and Nausea
Dizziness could also lead to headaches and nausea. The headaches experienced during a stroke is not like the ones you feel after a long day. It is described as one of the worst headaches that you could ever have, and it will come suddenly. Doctors suggest that those who are experiencing minor stroke-like symptoms consult with a neurologist or request for an emergency brain MRI.
These are just some of the symptoms of a stroke that you should be aware of. Whether you have a family history of stroke or not, it is better if you are educated on these symptoms should the need arise.
If you were able to bring your loved one to the hospital in time, take note that the fight is not over yet. People who have already had a stroke are at more risk of having another one. Studies show that 1 out of 4 stroke survivors had another stroke within the next 5 years after their first one.
The key to lessening the risk of having a stroke is to shift to a healthier diet, to lose weight, and to consume less sodium (salt). Consult with Las Piñas doctors to create a new lifestyle plan that they can follow. Make sure that they take stroke rehabilitation seriously to get them back on their feet as quickly as possible. Show them your support as they go through the difficult task of trying to get back to their normal life.