I have seen time & time again that in health care not taking proper action when you are supposed to seems to always have dire consequences in the long run. This is definitely the case when we talk about spotting stroke symptoms & early prevention. As you may know February is Heart Disease Awareness Month so I have been touching on a wide variety of topics in relation. Today I want to get into very common symptoms that anyone can diagnose which will save a life if you act quickly. I am going to be going over the acronym F.A.S.T. and why it's a blueprint that anyone can use.
Here are 10 stroke symptoms that may give us a clue whether your loved one maybe having a stroke.
- Numbness or pins/needles sensation
- Trouble Walking
- Vision Changes
- Severe Headaches
- Memory Loss
- Behavioral changes
- Muscle stiffness
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Involuntary eye movements
So what exactly is F.A.S.T. in regards to spotting stroke symptoms?
- Facial dropping
- one of the earliest signs to spot on a patient undergoing a stroke
- Arm weakness
- The focus is on the arm but extremity is a big concern for an impending stroke
- Speech Difficulty
- Is your loved one's speech difficult to comprehend, if there is a you are not familiar with don't hesitate to take them to the hospital
- Tell 911
- By this time if you notice at least one of these issues it's time to get some help, even if they resolve
Now of course these are the signs that occur after the fact but what is it about a stroke that makes a person more susceptible?
Risk Factors include:
Those risk factors will always be usual suspects when it comes to heart disease so it should be no surprise that they affect stroke risk as well. As a medicine resident a very common presentation would be the person who didn't know they had blood pressure all the sudden come in a with a pressure of 190/110 and develop a stroke. Our bodies do a great job dealing with stress including having an elevated blood pressure until it absolutely can't. It's the reason I implore my patients to always check their blood pressure because you never know when the next stroke/heart attack is.
So as we come to a close on Heart Disease Awareness Month I hope that I have been able to educate you on some of the common trends in medicine, treatment modalities & have brought you a first hand look at how you can prevent these things yourself.
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