Stroke Warning Signs
Stroke symptoms may appear rapidly and vary from person to person. The following are stroke warning signs:
- Face, arm, or leg weakness or numbness, generally on one side of the body
- Vision issues, such as dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes, may make it difficult to talk or comprehend
- Dizziness or balance or coordination issues
- Problems with walking or movement
- Seizures or fainting
- Headaches that are severe and have no recognized cause, particularly if they occur unexpectedly
Other stroke symptoms that are less prevalent include:
- Sudden nausea or vomiting that isn't caused by a virus
- Fainting, disorientation, convulsions, or coma are examples of brief loss or alteration of consciousness
Ischemia stroke is a kind of transient ischemic attack
A transient ischemic attack (TIA), often known as a mini-stroke, may produce many of the same symptoms as a stroke. TIA symptoms, on the other hand, are temporary. They may last anything from a few minutes to 24 hours. If you suspect a stroke or TIA, get medical care right once.
Consider the word FAST
The acronym FAST, developed by the National Stroke Association, may help you rapidly detect whether someone is experiencing a stroke:
- F (Face): Request that the individual smile. Is there a droop on one side of his or her face?
- A (Arms): Instruct the individual to lift both arms. Is one of your arms drooping?
- S (Speech): Request that a basic statement be repeated (e.g., "You can't teach an old dog new tricks"). Is your speech slurred or difficult to comprehend?
- T (Time): Call 911 right away if you see any of these indicators.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact 911 immediately. Time lost as a result of a stroke is time lost in the brain.