Strokes are currently the second highest cause of death across the globe with research indicating that one person in the world will suffer from a stroke every two seconds. World Stroke Day was on October 29, which highlights education regarding strokes, including risk factors and warning signs of a stroke.
Strokes, depending on how serious they are, can be treated, and those who suffer from a stroke can recover successfully. It is key, however, to recognize warning signs and to get medical attention as quickly as possible. Here are warning signs of a stroke:
- Face drooping is a sign of a stroke. If someone’s smile seems uneven, they should seek medical attention.
- Arm weakness is another sign of a stroke. If your loved one suddenly cannot lift both of their hands over their head or if one arm is suddenly weak or has loss of feeling, get them to a doctor as soon as possible.
- Slurred speech or difficult in speaking are warning signs of a stroke as well. The American Stroke Association recommends asking someone to repeat a simple phrase to test this and if they are unable to say it clearly, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If someone you care for displays any or all of the above signs, it is important to get them medical attention immediately. The faster they get medical attention, the better the chances for recovery.
Other warning signs of a stroke are:
- Sudden vision loss
- Severe headaches – a severe headache that feels differently than anything else you have ever experienced
- Dizziness of loss of balance
- Nausea and vomiting (studies indicate vomiting is one of the most common symptoms in stroke patients)
What is referred to as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes also called a mini-stroke, does not always interrupt many of the body’s systems, so a person may not even know they suffered a stroke until one or two weeks after they have experienced it. Also, industry experts point out that one in four strokes are recurrent, so identifying when someone has had a stroke can be extremely helpful in better managing their health and working towards reducing the risk of suffering from another stroke.
If you or a loved one experiences any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention as soon as possible. While medical industry research shows that approximately 6.5 million lose their lives due to a stroke each year, industry research also shows that close to 26 million people who suffer a stroke survive. It is important to be very mindful of one’s health and take any out of the ordinary symptoms very seriously.