Warning Signs of a “Sudden” Stroke Everyone Should Know
According to the CDC someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, so knowing the signs and symptoms is crucial. “A heart attack is a heart attack, and a brain attack is a stroke,” says Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of clinical cardiology and cardiovascular prevention at National Jewish Health. It is “usually a sudden decrease in blood flow to the brain.” Here are five sure signs of stroke, according to experts. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
1. Typical Signs of a Stroke
Here are the typical signs of a normal stroke for both men and women, according to the CDC:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
2. Who Is Most At Risk For Stroke?
3. Strokes Also Happen To Young People
10-15% of strokes happen to people under 50—so it’s never too early to be proactive. “You don’t think about disease when you are young,” says neurologist and stroke expert Dr. Vladimir Hachinski. “If you’re going off to college or leaving home, your habits will change at this time. You begin eating on your own. This is a good time to think about how to prevent disease.”
4. Transient Ischemic Attacks (or “Warning Strokes”)
5. COVID-19 and Stroke
“While researchers are still studying exactly how COVID-19 affects the brain, the evidence does suggest it could increase stroke risk, says stroke expert Shazam Hussain, MD. “But these strokes caused by blood clots appear to be impacting younger people. It’s not a classic situation of stroke. We’re actually seeing young people who don’t have the traditional risk factors for stroke like high blood pressure, or other problems. These are young, healthy people, who are coming in with big, big strokes. No matter your age or if you have COVID or not, you should never ignore stroke symptoms. That’s because while there are very effective therapies for stroke, they are time-limited.”
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