Without knowing the signs of a stroke, it can be hard to identify when you or a loved one are experiencing one. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of stroke to ensure you can get immediate medical attention. The main three signs to be aware of are facial drooping, slurred speech, and weakness on one side of your body. If you notice any of these signs, its critical to call for emergency help as soon as possible.
Risk factors for stroke include obesity, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, heart disease, and recurrent consumption of drugs or alcohol. Contrary to popular belief that strokes only occur in seniors, strokes can also occur in individuals in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
The three common types of stroke include ischemic, hemorrhagic, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). An ischemic stroke occurs when arteries become blocked or narrowed and there is lack of blood flow to the brain; this is the most common type of stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by ruptured blood vessels. A TIA is caused by a temporary blockage, which causes stroke symptoms for a short period of time and is considered a “warning” sign for another possible stroke.
It’s important to be aware of signs and symptoms so you can act FAST.
F is for facial weakness
A is for arm weakness
S is for slurred speech
T is for timely response.
The sooner you’re able to receive care for your stroke, the better your long term outcomes are predicted to be.
As always, please contact us with any further questions you have regarding strokes.