If you are worried you or a loved one has suffered from a stroke, here are 7 signs to look for. If you notice any of them, it is advisable to contact a doctor or medical professional.
- Trouble Seeing – This can be with one or both eyes. This can be anything from blurred vision to complete loss of vision.
- Difficulty Speaking – If you notice slurred speech, a confusion of words, or an inability to speak all together, that can be a sign of a stroke.
- Dizziness – Dizziness and an inability to stand or sit can be a sign of a stroke. A loss of balance is common during and immediately after a stroke.
- Numbness – Numbness in the arms, legs, or face can be an easy sign of a stroke. This will generally happen on one side of the body, making it a noticeable change.
- Confusion – This will often set in several days before a stroke, and will get worse until the stroke happens. If you are unable to understand what someone is saying to you, or are having trouble remembering basic things, it might be a good idea to consult a doctor. Even if you have not had a stroke, this can be a symptom that one is coming.
- Headache – This is not a run of the mill, everyday headache; this is a debilitating headache that can paralyze you. It comes on instantly, and aggressively, and stands out as a significant pain.
- Exhaustion – It is not uncommon to become extremely tired as a stroke is coming. It will seem to have no explanation and can slowly progress for weeks. Once a stroke happens, the exhaustion will peak, and can be a serious giveaway that a stroke is in progress.
While there are other symptoms of a stroke, any of these, or any combination thereof, can be a warning and a reason to consult a doctor.