Stroke: the warning signs and symptoms of stroke

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The stroke ( stroke ) often cause permanent disability or results in death. However, many victims wait, sometimes hours after the appearance of the first symptoms, before consulting. However, the first moments following the appearance of the latter are decisive.

What is a stroke?

Stroke is a failure of the bloodstream that affects a more or less important area of ​​the brain. It causes the death of the cells then deprived of oxygen. In fact, one in ten will recover completely while the other nine will retain more or less significant sequelae, depending on the part of the brain that has been affected and the time required for medical intervention.

The warning signs of a stroke

Stroke has a peculiarity: its precursor signs are totally absent. However, people who have had a transient ischemic attack, those who have a heart condition (abnormality, heart failure or arrhythmia), diabetes, migraines, sleep apnea, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or high blood pressure are at higher risk.

What are the symptoms of stroke?

The symptoms of stroke are many: loss of consciousness, sudden paralysis, dizziness, sudden loss of balance, numbness and sagging of part of the face, arm, leg or body part , confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding ...
Here are all the symptoms of stroke:
  • dizziness;
  • sudden loss of balance;
  • numbness and subsidence of part of the face, arm, leg or body part;
  • confusion;
  • difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision of an eye
  • sudden and intense headache, sometimes accompanied by vomiting.
Whatever the symptom, it is urgent to contact the emergency services for medical help. The faster the procedure, the less the sequelae are important.

First Aid During Stroke

Unless you are an experienced rescuer, it will be difficult for you to help someone with a stroke. You can, however, ask him to smile, raise both arms or utter a very simple sentence. If the person is unable to do so, place the person in a safety-side position (*) and dial 911 immediately. The patient is more likely to recover if seen quickly by a doctor.

(*) lateral safety position : the victim is placed on the side, head back, mouth open and facing the ground. Thus, his tongue can not fall into his throat and vomiting flows freely on the ground.

How to prevent stroke?

It is possible to prevent stroke, heart attacks and aneurysm ruptures by adopting healthy habits such as smoking cessation, moderate alcohol consumption, physical exercise, maintaining a healthy lifestyle healthy weights, better stress management and regular medical follow-up.
Be attentive to the slightest symptoms and do not hesitate to consult a professional. After all, it's all about your life.

The information contained in this sheet is for informational purposes only and will allow you to ask informed questions to your doctor. In no case can they replace the opinion of a health professional. Our team of writers and experts makes every effort to provide you with quality information. However, Canal Vie can not be held responsible if the contents of a file prove incomplete or obsolete. We remind you that it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor if you think you are suffering from a health problem.
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