Stroke is caused when one of more of our major blood arteries supplying to the brain are blocked and cannot supply blood to the brain. This blockage can happen either due to the blocking of artery due to fat build-up inside it or when a clot breaks down and travels from some other part of the body to the artery supplying to the brain thereby clotting it. Now when the clot blocks the blood flow to the brain, it is unable to perform normally and reduced blood flow severely damages the brain. The results of these damage could be very severe even resulting in permanent paralysis of the body. One thing to be remembered is that when the right side of the brain doesn’t receive blood, the other side i.e. the left side of the body starts to display symptoms and vice versa. The American Stroke Association mandates that when the below signs and symptoms of stroke are observed one must act very “FAST” and visit the nearest hospital.
Listed Down Are The 10 Warning Signs Of Stroke To Watch Out For:
1. Suddenly Feeling Numb:
Sudden development of numbness in just one side of the body is a typical sign of stroke attack. There is tingling sensation and sensation of the body side affected slowly starts to become less and less. The symptoms of stroke develop and travel fast and thus the action must be taken equally fast. Numbness is also observed very evidently on the face and the tongue and ones’ face starts to droop.
2. Muscle Weakness Or Weakness In The Limbs (Difficulty To Hold Things):
Along with the development of severe numbness there is weakening of the muscles as well. This is mainly evident in the limbs and on the extremities. The patient suffering from the stroke attack suddenly loses his grip; it becomes difficult for him to hold even simple light things. The grip is severely compromised.
3. Mental Confusion:
Since stroke reduces or stops the blood supply to the brain, the brain functions are drastically hampered. There is serious mental confusion and the mind doesn’t remain alert. The patient becomes disoriented and appears to have lost contact with what is happening around.It even so happens that the body strength becomes less and performing even the most basic activities become troublesome.
4. Feeling Weak:
During a stroke attack along with mental confusion and numbness, the patient starts to feel extremely weak. This happens as the brain doesn’t receive sufficient blood and it is unable to perform its various functions. The patient thus starts to feel weak and dizzy. There are sudden brief episodes of fainting which are experienced. In severe stroke attack the patient could even enter a coma state.
5. Sudden Episodes Of Fainting:
If you see a normal person suddenly fainting, you must suspect it for a stroke or TIA attack. This happens because one part of the brain suddenly stops receiving blood, oxygen and nutrients and as a result the nerves become dead. This damage in most cases is irreversible and therefore in event of a stroke attack, the patient must be immediately admitted to the hospital without losing anytime.
6. Slurred Speech Or Problem In Speaking:
We are aware that a stroke attack causes immediate muscle weakness and numbness. This affects the tongue which is made of muscles and the other facial muscles as well. As a result, the patient is unable to talk properly, the speech becomes slurry. This could become permanent if the region of the brain controlling speech is damaged irreversibly.
7. Vision Problems:
When the brain is damaged due to lack of blood supply as a result of stroke a number of body processes are affected. One of these could be vision; when the brain portion responsible for providing vision is damaged, the patient experiences vision loss. There could be a temporary or permanent vision loss which may be partial or even complete loss.
8. Difficulty In Walking:
A stroke attack affects basic abilities of the patient like moving and walking; as a result of a stroke attack the patient is unable to walk without taking support.
9. Balance Problems:
Balance is a function of our brain which helps us in walking normally and also supports a lot of other processes. Stroke attack hampers the ability of the brain to provide balance which could result in an increased risk of falls.
10. Sudden Severe Headache:
Stroke attack could cause sudden headaches. These headaches are very severe and appear in just one side of the head. Most of the stroke affected patients experience a severe throbbing headache in one side of the body.