Strokes: Symptoms

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August 13, 2011

How to tell if you're having a stroke.

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If you think you’re having a stroke, call an ambulance and get to the emergency room as soon as possible. A stroke is a serious condition that can lead to sudden death. There are a few strong indicators that will alert you to be concerned about the possibility of stroke. Understand strokes, symptoms of strokes and the signs you need to be aware of — while you have time to do something about it.

A stroke is an interruption of oxygen to the brain. The blood supply to the brain is reduced or stopped during a stroke. This deprives the brain of its needed nourishment. Brain cells begin to die almost immediately, according to the Mayo Clinic. As serious as this condition is, the bright side is that now more than ever, strokes are preventable and treatable.

Pay attention to details. Watch for any of these signs that you or someone else is having a stroke. Record the details and time of the occurrence as precisely as possible and get to the emergency room immediately. The doctor will be better able to make accurate treatment choices. Note the crucial stroke symptoms:

  • Difficulty speaking and understanding is a common side effect of stroke. Slurring and trouble speaking alone or in combination with mental confusion are typical stroke symptoms.
  • Trouble walking is a sign of stroke. Stumbling, sudden dizziness, or loss of coordination and balance are the types of walking difficulties that can also occur.
  • Numbness or even paralysis on one side of the body and face can be a signal that a stroke is occurring.
  • Headache that is severe and sudden can indicate the onset of a stroke. Vomiting, dizziness or loss of consciousness is often present as well.
  • Double vision or any vision impairment in one ore even both eyes accompanies a stroke at times. The trouble seeing can come on suddenly or be progressive.

Any of these signs signal danger and a trip to the ER is imperative. Every minute counts.