Stroke is a medical emergency, when the blood flow to the brain stops. It is the third most leading cause of death worldwide; however, if the signs of the onset are recognized earlier, then there are a lot of chances that the patients’ life can be changed.
The indications of stroke include:
• Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis of the face arm or the leg especially on one side of the body.
• Loss of speech or trouble talking or understanding language.
• Sudden loss of vision, particularly in only one eye.
• Sudden severe headache with no apparent cause.
• Unexplained dizziness, loss of balance or coordination (especially if associated with any of the above symptoms).
• Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) also known as ‘mini-strokes’ are often the warning signs of more serious and debilitating stroke in the future. TIA can occur days, weeks or even months before a serious stroke.
• Signs of TIAs are same as that of stroke but they last for a much smaller duration (few minutes to 24 hours).
• They may include temporary loss of vision on one eye.
• Problems with speech
• Temporary paralysis, numbness, tingling and drooping eyelid generally on one part of the body.