By Jehangir Hospital
A stroke usually occurs when there is a sudden disruption to the blood supply in the brain. People above 55 are generally at a higher risk of stroke, and the risk increases as you get older. People diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes are also at a greater risk. Most of the strokes are preventable, and many are well curable. But learning about the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke is crucial to lessen the consequences of this life-threatening event.
Getting quick treatment should be your top priority while dealing with a stroke. Every second matters as each second without oxygen damages the brain. One should identify the early signs of a stroke to get to the hospital as soon as possible.
How Do Strokes Occur?
A stroke, also referred to as a brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain stops due to bursting or blockage in the blood vessels that bring oxygen to the brain, and this lack of oxygen damages the brain cells in that area. A stroke may affect the entire body.
What Are the Types of Stroke?
There are three main types of strokes:
1) Ischemic Stroke: Around 80% of strokes are ischemic strokes. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow from the blood vessels supplying oxygen-rich blood to the brain is blocked. Often blood clots cause blockages which results in ischemic strokes.
2) Hemorrhagic Stroke: Usually, a hemorrhagic stroke happens when an artery in the brain ruptures (breaks open) or leaks. This leaked blood puts pressure on brain cells, damaging the cells.
3) Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA.): When your blood vessel gets blocked for just a few minutes, it is known as a transient ischemic attack (or TIA). They are usually like warning strokes or mini-strokes, and they tend to occur before a major stroke. The signs and symptoms are similar to a major stroke, but they only last for a couple of minutes.
Understanding the top warning signs of a stroke can help you seek faster treatment, and maybe one can even avoid a major stroke event.
Which are the most crucial Warning Signs of a Stroke?
Identifying the warning signs of a stroke is very crucial. Gratefully, they are relatively easy to learn and recognize. The acronym “FAST” is an excellent way to know the signs of stroke and help a patient seek quick treatment. FAST stands for:
1) Face drooping: If a person smiles, the smile looks uneven. One side of the face becomes numb or droops downside.
2) Arm weakness: One arm will feel numb or weak. If a patient is asked to raise both of their arms, one will drift downward.
3) Speech difficulty: The person will have trouble while speaking. The speech will sound slurred or unusual, or the words they say will be hard to understand
4) Time to call medical help: Call the medical helpline immediately if the person shows any of the above signs. Even if these symptoms go away, get the patient to a hospital.
The “F A S T“ list contains the top warning signs of stroke; however, you must know a few more signs.
If you notice any of the symptoms above, call the medical helpline immediately. The earlier you get medical help, the better are the chances of avoiding lifelong disability or even death. The Brain & Spine Care at Jehangir offers 24/7 care for all neurological emergencies. Our team, led by highly skilled and experienced Neurologists and neurosurgeons, is backed with the most advanced Neuro-diagnostic equipment and imaging facilities. They are dedicated to treating the patients with the best treatment, good results, shorter hospital stays, and minimum discomfort and pain.
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