Stroke is basically that moment when your brain damage due to interruption of oxygenated blood supply. It is also known as CVA, cerebrovascular accident, or cerebral infarction. WHO(World Health Organization) has claimed that each year approximately 15 million people suffer from the stroke. As you see, the numbers are enormous, so it’s essential for you to know about the symptoms associated with this life-threatening problem.
In order to gain life-saving knowledge, please read and understand all the symptoms carefully
Signal #1 – Extreme Headache
There are multiple causes for a headache but how will you determine whether it’s a stroke headache or something else? Well, to understand headache categories, American Headache Society has introduced an abbreviation “SNOOP,” which generally stands for:
- Systemic Symptoms: When an individual feel achiness in other parts of the body, we can say that it’s a systemic symptom which occurs due to loss of appetite, weight loss or fever. However, it is also called as secondary risk factors. If you have a headache along with HIV or Cancer, see a doctor.
- Neurological Symptoms: Symptoms of blurry vision, confusion, personality changes, weakness on one side of the body, numbness, or sharp facial pain are associated with this.
- Onset: A condition in which a headache occurs without any prior notice. This type of a headache most likely to happen when there’s bleeding in the brain. Moreover, it’s also called thunderclap headache.
- Older: If you are above 50 and experiencing sudden progressive headache, immediately call your doctor, it can be a brain tumor or cell arteritis.
- Previous History: If you regularly suffer from headaches then I recommend you for a checkup because there may be something wrong. Multiple symptoms like ruptured aneurysm, bleeding stroke, brain tumor are associated with this.
Let’s get back to the differentiation between stroke headaches and other headaches. The national institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has told that one major sign of a stroke headache is a sudden progressive headache which occurs without disturbing any other part of the body.
Signal #2 – Legs Lose Their Strength
If you ever suffer from immediate leg pain, it can be another sign of stroke. As you know, we command our brain to move our body parts, so when particular tissues of the brain get damaged, it becomes hard for our brain to communicate with other body parts as well. So we can say that the connections of legs neurons to the brains become weak.
Signal #3 – Neck Stiffness
The cervical arteries in our neck consist of carotid and vertebral arteries. To know why neck stiffness happens during the stroke, we must first understand that what cervical artery dissection means. A tear in the lining of vessels is generally known as cervical artery dissection. Due to blood leakage in layers of the artery wall, the clot is formed. The clot can block the flow of blood through these artery walls which result in neck stiffness. Sometimes a person is not able to contact from chin to the chest.
Signal #4 – High Blood Pressure
Sometimes high blood pressure works like a death penalty because high blood pressure leads to massive stroke. Why? It happens when blood flow goes out of control. Yes, the uncontrolled blood pressure weakens and damage blood vessels of the brain. Once blood vessels get damaged, all functions of the body get weakened. If you feel this, relax as much as possible so that your blood pressure can become normal.
Signal #5 – Look At Your Eyes
The damaged brain blood vessels show a direct impact on the visual pathways of eyes. All the nerves of the eyes are connected to our brains. The nerves from the right eye are related to the visual cortex of left hemisphere and nerves from the right eye is attached to the right side of the brain. You may experience blurry vision or eye fatigue. So be aware of such symptoms, and if you feel that you are having any of these, you should go for a checkup.
Signal #6 – Paralysis of Any Part of The Body
It has been said that almost 9 out of 10 people who suffer from stroke also have to deal with paralysis. Most of the time paralysis occurs on that side of the body which is opposite to the side of the brain. When you experience partial paralysis, this condition is known as hemiplegia, and when you feel one-sided weakness, it’s called hemiparesis. Moreover, there’s one more condition, Locked-in syndrome. This syndrome brutally attacks the patient and snatches away all the power of moving muscles except eyes control. So watch out, if you notice weakness in any part of the body before a stroke.
Signal #7 – Distressing Pain In The Shoulder
When we look closer, we see that within the shoulder joints, there is a layer of tissue which surrounds the area known as a capsule. Ligaments present around shoulder become debilitated and finally, the patient’s shoulder deal with the strain. Strain causes weakness and severe pain in the shoulder.
Signal #8 – Pre-Stroke Fatigue
A stroke snatches away physical energy and all of this happen due to the inability of the brain to control various parts of the body. Other primary cause of fatigue can be emotional frustration, it not only beats you physically but also emotionally. Never stay alone, if you feel excessive fatigues.
Signal #9 – FAST
Now this one can be a signal and also a diagnostic tool. Fast is an abbreviation which stands for:
Face: You need to smile and check whether one side of the face droops or not.
Arm: Raise both of your arms and see whether one arm drops out or not.
Speech: Speak some phrase and check if you said it without stammering or slurring.
Time: If you or someone you know have experienced all of the above symptoms, it’s highly recommended to call the doctor as soon as possible. Also, don’t forget to write down that time when the signs first appeared.
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