How to know if we are having a stroke? This information can save your life!!!

How to know if we are having a stroke? This information can save your life!!!

A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts, and it stems from a cardiovascular condition such as atherosclerosis, high blood pressure or atrial fibrillation.

The most common stroke symptoms include the sudden appearance of:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or trouble understanding.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe headache with no apparent cause.

Both women and men have these symptoms, but women can also have a variety of other symptoms that are less commonly seen. These include:

  • Losing consciousness or fainting.
  • General weakness rather than just specific weakness in one part of the body.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Confusion, unresponsiveness or a feeling of disorientation.
  • Sudden change in behavior.
  • Hallucinating.
  • Feeling agitated.
  • Feeling nauseous or vomiting.
  • Sudden pain somewhere.
  • Seizures.
  • Hiccups.

Risk factors for stroke

Strokes and cardiovascular disease share many risk factors:

 

Excess weight — Obesity can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, which can lead to a stroke.

Heart problems — Strokes are six times more likely to occur in people with cardiovascular disease. Atrial fibrillation, one of the most common heart rhythm problems, increases your risk of stroke by about 5 times.

High blood pressure — Strokes are four to six times more likely in people with hypertension.

High cholesterol — People with high cholesterol are at double the risk of having a stroke.

Heavy drinking — This increases the risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Smoking — If you smoke, you double your risk for stroke compared to nonsmokers.