When your brain doesn’t get the blood it needs, you start having a stroke. This can have some extremely detrimental effects: you can get brain damage, become disabled, or in the worst case scenario even die.
That’s why it’s important to recognise when somebody is having a stroke before it’s too late. If you see somebody having any of the following 7 signs, call the emergency number immediately. Read on on the next pages!
Disclaimer: This information is not an alternative to professional medical advice. In case of doubt, find a doctor or, if you are lacking health insurance, you could try a doctor website to find a web doctor or online doctor to chat with a doctor for an online diagnosis.
1. Numbness or Weakness in Your Face, Arm, or Leg, Especially on One Side
Usually, a stroke starts at one side of the body. When a person is numb or weak in one side of their face, arm or leg, this is a major sign that somebody could be having a stroke.
Signs of weakness in these parts of the body include one side of the face dropping when the person is smiling and one arm dropping down when both hands are raised. If any of these things happen, don’t hesitate to call the emergency services immediately.
2. Confusion or Trouble Understanding Other People
As we’ve already stated, a stroke happens when not enough blood flows to the brain. This, of course, worsens the brain functions. One of the consequences is that it becomes harder to understand people.
This is why a person who is having a stroke can suddenly get confused and have trouble understand what other people are trying to say. This is another stroke symptom that definitely warrants a call to the emergency services.
3. Difficulty Speaking
This is another dead giveaway for people who are having a stroke. Say a short phrase slowly and clearly and tell them to repeat it. When they speak, check for slurred or strange speech. If they can’t say a sentence without speaking in a strange manner, they might be having a stroke.
Your muscles become weaker when you have a stroke. As such, it becomes nigh impossible to speak normally, as the muscles in your mouth weaken.
4. Trouble Seeing With One Or Both Eyes
As we’ve stated, a stroke usually starts on one side of the body. This can cause a person to start having trouble seeing with one of their eyes.
As time progresses and the stroke becomes more severe, the problems will start spreading to the other side of the body and face and the other eye as well. So if somebody is suddenly having trouble seeing with one or both of their eyes, consider it a warning signal of a stroke.
5. Problems Walking or Staying Balanced or Coordinated
As a stroke usually starts on one side of the body, this can really mess up your balance. Moreover, since a stroke also worsens your muscle functions, it also becomes harder to make simple, coordinated movements with your limbs.
As such, these can be signs somebody is having a stroke, especially if this person normally doesn’t have problems like this at all.
As an extension of trouble staying balanced, one can also experience severe dizziness for no apparent reason when they are having a stroke. This dizziness can be benign, but it can also be a symptom of stroke.
Better be safe than sorry though, so if somebody is dizzy without there being a reason for said dizziness, you must not hesitate to call the emergency services.
7. Severe Headache That Comes on For No Reason
Severe headache can be a symptom of many things. It can be a sign of migraine, for instance, or a signal that somebody is stressed. It can, however, also be a symptom of a stroke.
Again, better be safe than sorry, so if you’re unsure of why you’re having headaches and have no history of things like migraine or hypertension, it might mean you are having a stroke.