Warning Signs of Stroke
Warning Signs of Stroke
Stroke symptoms, A good mind and healthy body lead to a happy life! Staying in good shape is important for all of us. In fact, fitness and staying in shape is important for our brains too. The healthier we are, the less likely we are to have a stroke.
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when there is sudden lack of blood supply to the brain which prevents oxygen to reach the delicate brain parts. Due to this the brain cells start to die within minutes. A stroke can result because of the rupture of a blood vessel or due to an injury.
Risk Factors for stroke
You might think that strokes happen only to the elderly but this isn’t true. In fact, they can occur in any of us, although some of us are more susceptible to getting a stroke. Here are some risk factors :
- Family history
- Heart disease ( irregular heart beat)
- High Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- High blood sugar
- Smoking/Drinking habits
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack of physical activity.
Some of the above can be controlled with wise decisions and adopting healthier habits.
Warning Signs of a stroke
Although a good lifestyle is great, there is another way to combat a stroke. It is to know it’s early signs so that you can take immediate action and help your dear one.
BEFAST is the acronym that you can learn to help a family member in case he/she suffers a stroke.
B= Balance. If there is a sudden loss of balance.
E = Eyes. If there is a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
F = Face. If there person’s face looks uneven
A = Arms. If one arm drifts down, ask the person to raise both arms.
S = Speech. Does their speech sound strange? Ask them to repeat something, a phrase or a sentence.
T = Time. Time is brain! Every second brain cells die during a stroke. Call for immediate medical help!
Therefore, remember to BE FAST at the first signs of stroke.
Other important symptoms
There are other symptoms that should be considered.
- Sudden numbness of face, neck or arm especially on one side of the body.
- Confusion in speaking, understanding suddenly.
- Sudden trouble walking.
- A headache without known cause.
If you have had a stroke and have a speech difficulty, here are some speech exercises that can help.
Our team works with you to help you with a speech or language difficulty that might have resulted after a stroke. We provide online treatment options which you can avail from your home. Our online treatment is evidence based and very successful.
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