Signs and Symptoms of Stroke You Should Know

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Stroke develops when the blood supply to the brain is reduced or interrupted. The brain is deprived of nutrients and oxygen, which can cause the brain cells to die.

It may also be caused by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke), or the bursting or leaking of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). Some may also experience a temporary disruption of blood flow to their brain, known as transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Knowing the symptoms and signs of stroke, can prepare you to take fast action and may be even save a life.

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke You Should Know

Signs of Stroke

1. Confusion
2. Slurred Speech
3. Severe headache with no known cause
4. Changes in Vision or Double Vision
5. Loss of Balance or Lack of Coordination
6. Numbness or Paralysis of the legs, arm or face

During a stroke, every seconds counts! Quick treatment can help reduce the brain damage that stroke can cause.

Do the following test, if these sign are present and you think someone may be having a stroke,:

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F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does the side of the face droop or is it uneven?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm set downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to follow a simple phrase. Is the speech hard to understand or slurred?
T—Time: If you observed any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately or get the person to the hospital immediately.

Take note of the time when any symptoms of stroke first appear. Some treatments for stroke, will only work if initiated in the first 3 hours after signs appear. Do not drive to the hospital and let someone else drive you. Call for medical help, so the medical staff can perform life-saving treatment on the way to the hospital.

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