With age, the risk of stroke increases, but don’t think that the young are safe. Therefore, whatever your age, you must learn to detect the early symptoms of stroke. Here are the most common.
What is a stroke?
Stroke is a failure of blood flow in some part of the brain. When blood flow out or to the brain fails, a blood vessel can get clogged (cerebral infarction or ischemic stroke) or rupture, causing bleeding in the organ (hemorrhagic stroke).
What are the main risk factors for stroke?
– High blood pressure
– Tobacco consumption
– Alcohol consumption
– Some heart diseases
– Problems or loss of eyesight
Having problems or loss of eyesight can be a sign of impending stroke. According to statistics, in the UK, 44% of people who have suffered a stroke had a loss of eyesight just before the attack.
Episodes of dizziness and headaches
According to David Newman-Toker, a physician and professor in the Department of Neurology of the Hopkins University, dizziness are a precursor of stroke, particularly in women under 45. So if you have dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache, see your doctor immediately.
Speaking disorders are one of the most common signs for stroke. This symptom is characterized by difficulty speaking and being understood and sudden confusion.
Muscle weakness can lead to paralysis of some body parts, including the arms and legs. Paralysis is linked to the part of the brain likely to develop a stroke.
Do a quick test: spread your arms out, palms up for 10 seconds. If an arm falls, it indicates a weakness.
Pain or paralysis in the facial area
A sudden pain on one side of your face can be a possible symptom of stroke. Similarly, if you feel numbness or almost paralyzed on one side of your face, consult your doctor immediately.
Headaches and migraines
Headaches and migraines that are very painful are one of the most common signs of stroke. A study of 588 volunteers has shown that people who have had intense headaches before a stroke are mostly young people with a medical history of migraines. If you encounter this problem, you must immediately do an MRI.
Studies have shown that in patients with ischemic stroke (due to blockage of a brain artery), women were more prone to exhaustion, confusion and fatigue.
If you constantly have the hiccups, it may indicate a sign of stroke altering the respiratory center in the brain.
Shortness of breath and palpitations
The sudden shortness of breath during a stroke occurs due to difficulty in breathing. Heart palpitations and rapid heart rate due to lack of oxygen may also appear. This symptom is predominant in women, but should not be ignored by men too.
Generally, to prevent stroke, you must adopt a healthy and balanced diet and do regular physical activities. In addition, you need to improve your lifestyle, watch your weight and avoid cigarettes and alcohol.