It is possible to have had a stroke and not know it, that is why it is so important to know how to tell if you had a stroke. Many people in their 50s or older have had strokes and don't know it.
Learn the warning signs of a stroke and then you will be prepared to contact your doctor or call an ambulance if needed.
Symptoms of a StokeHere are some of the possible signs of a stroke:
- Sudden weakness or feeling numb (a loss of feeling or loss of sensation) in your arm, face, or leg on one side of the body.
- Sudden dimness of vision, blurry vision or double vision, especially in one eye.
- Sudden loss of balance, that may occur with having difficulty swallowing and/or nausea (including possible vomiting), hiccups, and/or fever.
- Sudden loss of strength or coordination.
- Dizziness (vertigo) or sudden falls that can't be attributed to other causes.
- Sudden loss of speech (inability to speak), or even the ability to understand what others are saying.
- Sudden headache that there is no none cause for perhaps followed quickly by losing consciousness.
If you are having any of those symptoms you want to contact medical help right away because a medical specialist can give you some types of medicine that will have a big effect on the long-term after effects of a stroke.
Signs of a StokeRemember the "Stroke Test", you can remember it by F.A.S.T Face, Arms, Speech and Time.
- Check your smile to see if one side of your mouth droops.
- Raise your arms, then check to see if one arm slowly comes down.
- Say a simple sentence, check to see if you are slurring your words.
- And remember "Time" you want to get help as soon as possible.
What is a Stroke?A stroke, or mini-stroke (TIA) is when blood stops flowing to a particular part of your body, depriving it of oxygen. 20% of the people that have a mini-stroke will have a full stroke in the next three months so you want to be sure to take this seriously. A stroke is a medical emergency.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It can occur with a blockage or a vessel breaking. If left untreated cells (brain cells) start to die, and they die quickly.
This is why a stroke can cause such serious problems leading to long-term Disabilities and it is why many people die from stroke.
Stroke ScreeningOne of the health screens we do at Clear Insight Ultrasound of Redlands is for Carotid Arteries. This screen can be very effective in finding blockages that can lead to a stroke. You can read more here...
Evaluating Stroke SymptomsTo be able to tell if you had a stroke you need to see your doctor. He can order an ECG test for you, this will help determine if you have atrial fibrillation or a valve disease. He can order blood tests for you to check for other causes of stroke.
A doctor can also perform a transcranial ultrasound, looking at arteries in the brain. Other tests that can be performed are an MRI which is a version of a CT scan and an EEG. Sometimes doctors also perform a stress test.
However one of the important tests to determine the location of a blockage is an carotid ultrasound. This looks at the arteries in the neck (the actual carotid arteries) to see if there is any noticeable blockage. Clear Insight Ultrasound of Redlands can screen your carotid artery for any blockage. This is also a great preventative measure as a slight blockage that could cause a stroke can also be determined.
Up to 80% of all strokes are avoidable. That is the report from the National Stroke Association. Part of your stroke prevention plan should include a carotid artery scan you can get from Clear Insight Ultrasound of Redlands.
Author: Robin Badillo