Symptoms of Stroke

Stroke is considered as the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. A disease that can cause serious long term disabilities, stroke affects over 700,000 people every year in the US. The risk of a stroke increases with age with a third of its victims occur in people who are over the age of 65. That is why it is very important for seniors to always be on a look out carefully over their chances of having a stroke.

It is important for more seniors to have a basic idea of how a stroke develops. A stroke happens primarily when there is a disturbance in the supply of oxygen and blood into the brain by the blood vessels which leads to a rapid loss of important brain functions.  The loss can be due to a lack of blood supply caused by blood clot blockage or due to a hemorrhage.

Symptoms of stroke

The signs of a coming stroke usually develop rapidly, in just a matter of minutes.  The symptoms can vary widely as they may be related to the anatomical location of the blockage or damage. But there are certain signs that may show up that can help you determine if you are on the verge of having a stroke.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis of your face, arm or leg – usually on one side
  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech (aphasia)
  • Sudden blurred, double or decreased vision
  • A sudden, severe headache or an unusual headache, which may be accompanied by a stiff neck, facial pain, pain between your eyes, vomiting or altered consciousness
  • Confusion, or problems with memory

When you feel any of the signs listed above, you may be on the way of having a stroke. Not all of the warning signs can occur in a stroke. Just one of the signs given may be able to help you determine if you are having a stroke or not. 

Don’t ignore the warning signs even if they suddenly go away. It is best that you try to get help immediately while you still capable to do so. Try to alert a friend or a family member to get medical help immediately. Remember that prompt action may help prevent the serious consequences that a stroke may bring.

It is also important that you try to remember the time when you first experienced the first warning signs of the stroke. This information will later on be helpful to doctors later on.

As a senior, it would also help that you get hold of the important phone numbers of medical facilities and emergency medical services in your area. you can always keep this list with you so that when the warning signs do occur, you will be able to know who to call or instruct other people with you whom to contact in case of such emergencies.