Did you know that several weeks before a stroke, your body will send you some warning signs? Many people experience ‘mini strokes’ several days or weeks before the actual stroke. Hence, it is very important to recognize these signs so you can prevent this life-threatening condition.
Almost 80% of the strokes happen as a result of blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain. Moreover, the strokes may be caused by a burst blood vessel. Hence, prior to this event, you are likely to experience some symptoms similar to a stroke which can last no more than 5 minutes and do not cause any permanent damage to the brain.
The symptoms of mini strokes should be taken seriously and an early detection and treatment can lead to more effective treatment. Recognizing and urgent treatment of the symptoms can prevent a major attack and serious damage to the brain.
Therefore, as soon as you notice some of the warning signs of stroke which you will see below, you should consult your physician within hours. This will provide the most effective treatment and prevention.
Warning Signs of a Stroke
Unexpected numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion or problems understanding.
Unforeseen difficulty speaking.
Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes.
Unanticipated dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or difficulty walking.
Sudden and severe headache with no apparent cause.
Additionally, there is a test which can help you determine if you are experiencing a ‘mini strokes’ and check the symptoms. You should smile, and if one side of your face droop it indicates a mini stroke. Moreover, people who experience a stroke find it difficult holding both arms up. A person who experiences a mini stroke or an actual stroke finds it difficult to connect simple sentences and it is challenging to understand what they speak.
If someone is experiencing some of these symptoms, do not hesitate. Call 911!
What to do in a case of stroke?
What you should immediately do is call 911! In this situation, every second counts. Moreover, you shouldn’t drive yourself and you should know the nearest medical center. Last but not least, you should note the time when the symptoms started because it is very important for proper treatment.