Top 5 Surprising Signs of Stroke

The signs of stroke may not be what you think. Learn some of the more uncommon symptoms and save a life.

Knowledge is power when it comes to strokes because immediate medical care can prevent disability or even save a life. Do you know what it looks like when a person is having a stroke? Here are some unexpected symptoms:

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, especially in the arm or leg.
  2. Difficulty speaking, confusion, difficulty understanding others.
  3. Blurred vision, difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes.
  4. Loss of balance or coordination, feeling dizzy, difficulty walking.
  5. Headache that is sudden and severe without any clear cause

Use the acronym FAST to do a quick evaluation of possible symptoms:

  • Face: drooping on one side
  • Arms: an arm droops when both are lifted
  • Speech: slurring or strange speech
  • Time: call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time

Risk Factors for Stroke
Be aware of the risk factors for stroke, and take precautions if you have any. According to the National Stroke Association, high risk factors include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Problems with Circulation
  • Smoking/Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Personal history with stroke

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone around you experiences any signs of a stroke. Note the time that the symptoms first occur. If treated within 3 hours, the risk for long-term disability is reduced if a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is administered.

Plaza Medical Center offers an extensive online Health Resource center with further information about stroke symptoms. Find out about treatment options for patients in our Neuroscience Center. Do you need a physician referral? Call 1-855-80PLAZA today.

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