Many people believe that only the elderly are prone to stroke, but the reality is that strokes might affect people from all ages.
Therefore, it is of high importance to learn to recognize the early symptoms of strokes, in order to seek medical help on time.
These are the 10 early signs you should know:
1. Pain in (one side of) the face
Strokes are not always painful, but in some cases, sudden pain stabs in the extremities or one side of the face might predict a stroke.
2. Inability to catch breath/Tremors
Strokes are often preceded by sudden loss of breath and difficulty breathing, as the lack of oxygen causes heart arrhythmia.
3. Blurry vision/Loss of vision
The whole process begins in the eye(s), and even 44% of stroke sufferers have experienced loss of vision in one or both eyes before the stroke.
4. Loss of balance/trouble walking
Another early sign of stroke is the sudden feeling of general weakness and sluggishness in upper and lower limbs. Numerous sufferers also experience paralysis and collapse. To test if your body gets paralyzed before a stroke, you should open the arms wide with the palms up, and hold them thus for 10 seconds. If one of the arms drops, your muscles are weak.
5. Facial paralysis
This is probably the best-known symptom of stroke. Sudden numbness/weakness/paralysis of one side of the face, arm, or leg can tell you a stroke is in progress.
6. Sudden headache/vertigo
Usually, vertigo happens in women younger than 45 and this is a clear sign that you need a medical assistance.
7. Trouble speaking and understanding speech
This symptom may vary from tiny confusions to inability to speak and delirium.
According to studies, women often deal with fatigue, confusion, and disorientation, which isn’t the case with men. Each of these is a clear sign of stroke.
This early symptom is more common in women. The stroke attacks the breathing center in the brain, and thus causes hiccups.
10. Inability to catch breath/Tremors
Sudden loss of breath and difficulty breathing are often present in stroke sufferers. The heart arrhythmia occurs as a result of the lack of oxygen.
Prevention is always the best cure. Eat healthy, be more active, and sleep well. Cut down on your alcohol and cigarettes, and pay more attention to your weight.
How to reduce the chances for a stroke
– Be physically active
– Eat healthy food
– Get enough sleep
– Regulate your body weight
– Don’t smoke
– Reduce the intake of alcohol