7 Stroke Warning Signs And Symptoms

By Anthony Platte
Updated January 21, 2015
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7 Stroke Warning Signs And SymptomsEvery 40 seconds someone, somewhere in the country suffers from a stroke. As the third leading cause of both serious long-term disability and death in the United States it's important that everyone know the warning signs associated with this debilitating health problem. Of the nearly 800,000 people who suffer from this each year, most of them did not know the early warning signs that could have helped them to get the needed medical attention in time to prevent permanent damage.

Because of the seriousness of this type of attack, if medical help is not received within the first 60 minutes of its onset, the patient could very well experience a permanent disability. The good news is that treatment is usually only a short distance away if the symptoms are readily recognized. Here are some of the stroke warning signs and symptoms that you should recognize so that you know when to get help for a stroke.

1.) Numbness In Your Face, Arm, Or Leg

One of the first signs that you may be suffering from a stroke is a sudden numbness in your face, arm, or leg - predominantly on one side of your body.

2.) Confusion

You may also experience an onset of mental confusion and find yourself having trouble getting your thoughts together.

3.) Loss Of Coordination

Many people who suffer a stroke may find that they have difficulty walking, experience dizziness, a loss of balance, or coordination.

4.) Headache

A sudden but severe headache can also indicate a stroke, especially if it comes for no apparent reason. This can also be accompanied by trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

5.) Face Muscles Droop

Probably the most obvious stroke warning signs and symptoms is the drooping of the face. The muscles on one side of the face will go lax causing it to fall or droop. A person suffering from a stroke will have difficulty smiling or his smile will be uneven.

6.) Difficulty Speaking

Often the victim will have slurred speech, will be unable to speak at all, or will be unable to repeat a simple sentence when asked.

7.) Difficulty Breathing

Difficulty in breathing can often come up quickly and without warning but could be a sign of a severe sign of a stroke.

There are several stroke warning signs and symptoms may vary with each one. In addition, symptoms can vary between men and women as well. Being able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke when it happens is probably the most important thing anyone can do to get help as soon as possible. When a stroke happens every minute that is delayed in getting the proper medical attention can lead to greater damage to the body and a delay in treatment can reach a point where there is no coming back; a full recovery may be impossible and it can often result in death. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke call 911 immediately; you might very well be the only thing standing between their recovery and their ability to get back to a normal life.

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