A stroke is a medical emergency because strokes may lead to death or permanent disability. However, brain damage from strokes can be reduced if they are treated immediately, but it’s common to mistake signs of stroke for other health issues, which delays treatment.
For every 1 minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked, a person loses about 1.9 million cells. This could mean that a person’s speech, movement, memory, and so much more can be affected.
There are two kinds of stroke. An ischemic stroke means blocked blood vessels cause a reduction in blood flow in the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke means a ruptured blood vessel is leaking blood in the brain. Symptoms and signs for both types of stroke can be the same. It’s very important to call ambulance as soon as you notice any potential signs of stroke.
5 Signs of stroke
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes like seeing double, and blurriness.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Decreased blood flow through the arteries that run up your spine to the back of your head causes numbness or weakness on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding. Sudden cognitive deficits are a common sign of stroke. In some cases, stroke patients won’t be aware that anything is wrong, so people around them should raise the alarm
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden heavy headache with unknown cause. Migraine headaches can also come as a stroke because they have the same neurological symptoms