What Occurs During a Stroke?
Stroke is a fatal disease in which the brain receives insufficient nutrients or oxygen due to which the cells in the brain die. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or there is a rupture in the blood vessel of the brain. A stroke occurs suddenly without any warning. If a person suffering from a stroke is not given medical treatment urgently, he may die. Hence it is necessary to understand how to suspect if a person is suffering from a stroke through understanding the stroke signs.
Few signs and symptoms of a stroke:
The word F. A. S. T is used commonly to indicate the symptoms of stroke:
- Face: Ask the suspect to smile. If the person is suffering from stroke, he won’t be able to smile properly. His smile will be lopsided or uneven. The face of such person will be dropped from one side.
- Arms: Ask the suspect to lift both of his arms. If he is suffering from stroke one of his arms will drift towards down. It will be difficult for him to lift his both hands straight.
- Speech: Ask the suspect a simple and easy sentence to repeat. Check for signs such as spatter in speech. A person suffering from stroke may not be able to speak properly. It will be difficult for them to understand and speak. Their speech may be garbled or slurred.
- Time: If one observes any of the above symptoms then the person is surely suffering from stroke and needs medical emergency. At such a point it is recommended to call for medical help immediately. One cannot afford to waste time as any delay will cause a severe effect on the suspect.
Other warning signs of stroke
- Unconsciousness or semi-consciousness
- Numbness in face, leg or arms precisely on one side
- Struggle in viewing i.e. impaired vision
- Dizziness, difficulty in walking, difficulty in coordination
Even if one is unsure if one is suffering from stroke or not, it is better to call for medical help as any delay may lead to permanent or temporary disability to the patient.