Stroke – Signs and Symptoms

Living with someone who is likely to have a stroke is not easy. Not because there is some kind of a special care that this person should receive but because it is your utmost responsibility to notice and get medical help if stroke attacks.

To be able to recognize stroke’s symptoms, you should make sure you know what stroke is. In brief this is a cardiovascular diseases characterized by lack of blood supply in a part of the brain or in the whole brain. The lack of blood may be caused by bleeding within the brain or because of a blockage of an artery. Of course there are different types of strokes and each is caused by a different thing and has slightly different symptoms.

As you now know the reasons for stroke it will not be hard to guess what might be stroke signs and symptoms. Since it is a bran disease the person who’s having stroke is likely to have interruption of his body functions – both physical and psychological.

Physical symptoms of stroke include sudden pain in the neck and low-head area (specific to subarachnoid haemorrhage stroke), interrupted or loss of vision, muscle weakness of part of the body or in the whole body, inability to speak, inability to move the face, dizziness, loss of balance. The psychological symptoms may include disorientation, inability to understand others, confusion, etc. it is important to remember that stoke symptoms usually occur suddenly, in minutes and hours. In some cases though, they may occur slowly – in a few days or even weeks. How severe the symptoms are depends on where in the brain and how many brain cells are affected. A person who is suspected of having a stroke should be taken to hospital as an emergency.

Stroke warning signs may occur alone or in a combination. People suffered from a stroke before or by Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are more likely to suffer from stroke in the future. The same applies to people with high blood pressure especially those who are obese and have some other kind of cardiovascular disease. If you are living with someone who has indications that stroke is possible be always alert. Try to be next to this person as much as possible. If you are unable to be next to him or her 24 hours a day, find someone to look after him during the time you are absent. It is of utmost importance to get medical help as early as you suspect this person is having a stroke. People who suffer from stroke not always are able to get help by themselves and it this situation every minute counts.