Stroke Is A Silent Killer: 10 Signs To Recognize

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving the brain tissue of oxygen and nutrient...

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving the brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. In just a few minutes, brain cells begin to die. Stroke is therefore a medical emergency and prompt treatment is crucial. Namely, early action can minimize potential damage and complications. In this article, we reveal the 10 warning signs of stroke that you should be aware of. This information was relayed by our fellow Huffpost.

There are two types of stroke: an ischemic stroke caused by a blockage; a hemorrhagic stroke caused by the rupture of a blood vessel. These two types of stroke deprive part of the brain of blood and oxygen thus causing the death of brain cells.

What is ischemic stroke?

The ischemic stroke is the most common and occurs when a clot blocks a blood vessel and therefore prevents blood and oxygen from reaching a part of the brain. This can happen in two ways:

- When a clot forms somewhere in the body and lodges in a blood vessel of the brain. This is called an embolic stroke.

- When a clot forms directly in a blood vessel in the brain. This is called thrombotic stroke.

What is hemorrhagic stroke?

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures or during hemorrhage, and thus prevents the blood from reaching a part of the brain. Hemorrhage can occur in any blood vessel in the brain or in the membrane surrounding the brain.

10 Stroke Symptoms That You Should Watch Out For

There are more than 130,000 strokes each year in France, one every four minutes. According to INSERM, stroke is the leading cause of disability in adulthood and the second leading cause of dementia and death.

Our Huffpost colleagues listed the symptoms of stroke in two categories:

Major symptoms

- Sudden paralysis or numbness of the face, arms or legs. This usually happens on one side of your body. When this happens, try to raise both arms over your head at the same time. If an arm starts to fall, you may be having a stroke.

- Difficult to speak and understand: you may feel some confusion and have trouble expressing your thoughts and understanding other people's speech.

- Difficulty seeing with one or both eyes: Your vision may suddenly become cloudy or dark in one eye or both.

- Difficulty walking: you may stumble or feel dizzy, lose balance, or lose coordination.

- Sudden and severe headache: Sudden and severe headache, accompanied by vertigo or altered consciousness, may indicate that you have a stroke.

Less common symptoms

The following symptoms occur most of the time in women:

- Sudden nausea and vomiting for no apparent reason
- Loss of consciousness, confusion or convulsions
- A hiccup that does not stop
- Unexplained pain in the face and limbs
- Shortness of breath without reason accompanied by chest pain

How to evaluate these symptoms?

If someone around you suffers from these symptoms start by asking him to smile and see if one side of his face collapses. Then ask him to raise his arms and see if he drifts. Finally, ask him to say a relatively simple sentence and watch if his words are scrambled or his speech is cloudy.

How to react in case of a stroke?

- Immediately contact the emergency room and do not wait for the symptoms to disappear. Know that the sooner the patient is taken care of, the less he will have sequelae. Also, it is best not to take the patient by car and wait for paramedics. They will be able to perform first aid.

- Call for help even if the symptoms disappear. Indeed, in case of transient ischemic attack, the symptoms do not last long. However you should know that this is a warning sign indicating a major stroke.

- Take note of when the symptoms have appeared because there are drugs that can not be used after a certain time.

- Do not give aspirin to a person who has a stroke. If it is haemorrhagic, aspirin will further fluidify the blood.
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