As of last year, more than 140,000 senior citizens died from stroke. This is a continuing trend that must be taken seriously. Today, we learn about the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a very serious medical emergency. It is what occurs when a part of the brain loses access to its blood supply. This can cause it to malfunction and stop working outright. This can cause the body part under the jurisdiction of that brain section to stop working as well. If not detected right away, it can result in permanent brain damage and even death.
There are usually a couple of types of stroke: ischemic or hemorrhagic.
Very much likened to a heart attack but for the brain. This type of stroke usually hits when clots travel to the brain. These clots can either be localized in the brain or can come from another part of the body. This type of stroke can also happen when there is too much in terms of fatty deposits. These can clog the blood vessels in the brain.
This type of stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. The blood which seeps into the brain—from the ruptured vessel—can and will cause damage to the brain. High blood pressure is usually attributed to this sort of stroke.
Symptoms of a stroke
It is critical to get aid immediately when you see anyone who exhibits these signs:
- Sudden weakness in the limbs of the body
- Sudden speech difficulty
- A sudden drop in only one half of the face
- Loss of vision in one or both eyes (this is often described like a curtain had dropped)
- Sudden and rather painful headache with no known cause
- Sudden inability to walk stably
- Double vision
- Inability to balance oneself
- Feelings of paralysis in parts of the body
- Uncontrollable vomiting with no prior symptoms
- Acute confusion
- Massive and sudden dizziness
- Inability to keep both arms up
When you see anyone show these symptoms, you can save a life by calling emergency services. Strokes happen fast and often with very little warning. This is why it is important to keep signs and symptoms in mind. Fast and proper identification can save lives.
While there is no one single risk factor attributed to what causes stroke, these are the usual attributed risk factors:
- Advanced Age
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- History of smoking
- Excessive alcohol drinking
In order to determine if you are at risk for stroke, it would be prudent to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Have them run a battery of examinations to evaluate your chances and get a firm grip on your risk factors.
If you or anyone think that they underwent a stroke or even a mini-stroke, it is critical that you get to the hospital in the soonest possible opportunity.