Awareness is Vital; Know the Signs of a Stroke

A stroke is when there is an interruption in the blood supply going to the brain. A blood vessel may have ruptured or is blocked. When a stroke occurs it is usually fast and the symptoms that signal it happen quite suddenly. Knowing the signs of a stroke, is vital, just a few seconds where the brain cannot get enough blood and oxygen can cause permanent damage. Awareness of the signs can help someone save a life, even your own.

There are two types of strokes that are most common: ischemic and hemorrhagic.

Ischemic

This type of stroke can occur when a blood clot is present blocking the flow of blood supplied to the brain. A blood clot can be either a thrombus or an embolism. Both of these are serious and can travel to various parts of the body. If the clot pushes to a smaller blood vessel or artery it can trigger a stroke or fatality.

Hemorrhagic

This type of stroke can occur when the blood vessels in the brain weaken causing blood to leak into the brain. This is also dangerous for it can cause damage to the brain cells that can be both temporary and permanent.

Symptoms

  • Starts suddenly and may be severe.
  • Numbness or muscle weakness in the face, arm or leg can be experienced.
  • Usually affects one side of the body, although this is not always the case.
  • Find that swallowing has become difficult.
  • Experience trouble walking, have loss of balance or coordination and sometimes dizziness.
  • Can occur at any time even if you’re still and lying on a flat surface.
  • Notice changes in taste, alertness and hearing.
  • Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others.
  • Can wake you; even from a sound sleep.
  • Worsens when the body changes positions; stand, sit or by bending.
  • Headaches

From the National Stroke Association :

Think ‘” F.A.S.T.

Use the following tool to help you recognize stroke symptoms FAST :

F=FACE

Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A=ARMS

Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S=SPEECH

Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T=TIME

If you observe any of these signs, then it’s time to call 9-1-1.

Brain cells are dying!

Reminders:

  • If you or you see anyone experience any of these symptoms call “9-1-1” immediately .
  • Don’t tell yourself let’s wait and see.
  • Treatment for a stroke should start immediately. How the stroke is treated depend on its severity.
  • Stoke patients that receive medical attention within 3 hours after the symptoms begin have a greater chance of reversing its affects and preventing permanent damage or death.

It is better to be safe than sorry!

The Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital is located at 409 Tyler Holmes Drive in Winona , MS. The emergency room is equipped with medical personnel at all hours of the day and night. Once ” 9-1-1″ is called an ambulance will transport you to the hospital and monitor all your vital signs. Do not try getting there yourself. The faster you get medical assistance you’ll again look forward to better days ahead!