Stroke does not choose a victim, but one can be at a risk to it. When a stroke occurs, it requires immediate attention for prolonging the exposure before treatment only makes it worse.
These damages can severely affect the brain; it temporarily blocks the brain from obtaining sustainable oxygen. Damages like this may be permanent or temporary.
Here are some of the common Signs and Symptoms of a stroke:
- Severe headache
- Sudden numbness and weakness in the face and one (any) side of the body
- Trouble in speech
- Trouble in understand other people
- Sudden difficulty seeing in both or in one side of the eye
- Loss of balance and lack in the body coordination.
- Sudden confusion in understanding everyone.
There are also some risks factors to consider why one experiences a stroke:
Lifestyle risk factors. These factors include being overweight or obese, using drugs, inactivity and drinking a lot of alcoholic drinks.
Men have a larger chance of having a stroke than women. Women might acquire stroke but later than the age of older men.
Medical Factors. Do not just drink any kind of medicine when you’re not feeling well. This may also bring your blood pressure to its peak.
Personal/Family History of Stroke. Genetically speaking, one can adopt having heart or blood disease from the family medical history.
Being in the age 55 and older makes you more vulnerable to stroke.
The most important thing is you know what to do when you encounter someone having a stroke, perhaps you can save a life.
Acting F.A.S.T. is the easiest way to find out if someone is in sudden having a stroke. With these ways you’ll be able to identify if someone is already having an attack. Also when you spot any of these signs call for 9-1-1 for help right away.
F – Face. Ask the person to smile. Take a good look if one side of the face droops.
A – Arm. Ask the person to raise both arms. Take a good look if one arm drifts downward or if unable to raise up any sides of the arm.
S – Speech. Ask the person to say any phrase. Let them repeat it. Is the speech slurred or strange as it speaks?
T – Time. If the observed of any signs is present, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Paying attention can save a life. Do not just ignore this kind of situation. Call for the nearest physician to help you out.