A stroke or a “brain attack,” occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Then the brain cells, deprived of the oxygen and glucose needed to survive, die. If a stroke is not treated early it can result in the permanent brain damage or death.
There are two types of stroke:
– Ischemic stroke, which is similar to a heart attack, except it occurs in the blood vessels of the brain.
– Hemorrhagic (heh-more-raj-ik) strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain breaks or ruptures, resulting with blood seeping into the brain tissue, which causes damage to brain cells.
Even the belief of many people is that only the elderly are prone to stroke, the reality is that strokes might affect people from all ages.
In order to avoid serious consequences of strokes, it is of high importance to recognize the early symptoms of them and seek medical help on time.
Learn more about the next 10 early signs:
- Pain in (one side of) the face
Sudden pain shots in the extremities or one side of the face might predict a stroke, even all strokes are not always painful.
- Inability to catch breath/Tremors
Preceded by the sudden loss of breath and difficulty breathing is the reason why strokes occur and the lack of oxygen causes heart arrhythmia.
- Blurry vision/Loss of vision
The process of stroke begins in the eye(s), and according to the statistics, even 44% of stroke sufferers have experienced loss of vision before the stroke.
- Loss of balance/Trouble walking
The early sign of stroke is also the sudden feeling of general sluggishness and weakness in upper and lower limbs. Most of the sufferers can experience paralysis and collapse.
You can test if your body gets paralyzed before a stroke, by opening the arms wide with the palms up, holding them in this position for 10 seconds. If your muscles are weak one of the arms will drop.
- Facial paralysis
One of the most common stroke signs in most cases is when one side of the face is paralyzed.
- Sudden headache/Vertigo
When vertigo occurs if you are younger than 45, this is a sign that you must visit your doctor as soon as possible.
- Trouble speaking and understanding speech
Inability to speak clearly is a sign of occurring the silent stroke.
When the women often feel disoriented, confused, and exhausted, that can be a condition that indicates a stroke.
- Headaches and migraine
The frequent headaches are common signs of strokes, and they are more common in women. The study conducted on 588 volunteers, stroke sufferers, with a sharp headache showed that they were young people who often deal with migraines.
As, with any other disease the prevention is the best cure, so you should be physically active, sleep well, eat a healthy diet, regulate your body weight, and give up or cut down on the alcohol and cigarettes.