Nearly 800,000 people suffer from strokes every year; of these, approximately 140,000 are fatal. What’s more, roughly 25% of these strokes occur in those who have suffered a stroke before.
While strokes can happen at any age, risk increases with age. More than half of patients over 65 suffer from long-term disability post-stroke; however, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability across all ages. The good news is that strokes are very often preventable. The sooner a person is aware of the signs of a stroke, the sooner they can seek medical help and reduce their risk of long-term disability or death.
Early Warning Signs
Many people are aware of the term FAST, a mnemonic device that allows you to quickly recall the key symptoms of stroke. At the onset of the stroke, one side of the person’s face often begins to droop, one arm grows weaker than the other, and speech becomes slurred or ceases to make sense. Should you notice these symptoms, it is time to seek medical attention.
But these are not the only symptoms to watch out for. Some stroke victims may become confused, develop a sudden and severe headache, have trouble standing and maintaining balance, develop blurred or double vision, or have difficulty swallowing.
Risk Factors for Women
A stroke tends to present in women a little differently than it does in men. When a woman is experiencing the onset of a stroke, she may become aware that something is wrong, even if it’s only the vague sensation of feeling strange. She may also become dizzy or nauseated, develop a tingling sensation or numbness in some part of her body, or experience a sudden sense of fatigue. On some occasions, she may become forgetful, or her behavior and mental state might drastically change without warning. If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention right away.
Strokes are a very serious event, so the potential signs should be carefully observed and reported as soon as they’re noticed. Remember, the sooner medical attention is sought, the stronger the likelihood of survival. If you’re unsure whether your symptoms are the onset of a stroke, it’s better to be safe. Don’t wait for the symptoms to pass. The person experiencing the symptoms might try to brush off the seriousness of the event, but this is a common occurrence. Insist that your loved one gets checked out by a medical professional in order to ensure their safety.
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