Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Know Stroke, Know the Signs, Act in Time!

Stroke..don't take it light..its a serious issue! My dad-in-law got a stroke because we ignored the symptoms thinking it was only a normal headache and it will just goes off. If your thinking is as I am...well, take a few minutes to read this. This serve as my good deed of the day to the community.

What is a stroke?

A stroke, sometimes called a "brain attack," occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function.

What causes a stroke?

There are two major kinds of stroke.

The first, called an ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain. About 80 percent of all strokes are ischemic. The second, known as a hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks and bleeds into the brain. About 20 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.

What disabilities can result from a stroke?

Although stroke is a disease of the brain, it can affect the entire body. The effects of a stroke range from mild to severe and can include paralysis, problems with thinking, problems with speaking, and emotional problems. Patients may also experience pain or numbness after a stroke.

Know the Signs

Because stroke injures the brain, you may not realize that you are having a stroke. To a bystander, someone having a stroke may just look unaware or confused. Stroke victims have the best chance if someone around them recognizes the symptoms and acts quickly.

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

The symptoms of stroke are distinct because they happen quickly:

* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
* Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
* Sudden severe headache with no known cause

What should a bystander do?

If you believe someone is having a stroke – if he or she suddenly loses the ability to speak, or move an arm or leg on one side, or experiences facial paralysis on one side – call 999 immediately.

Remember this words in the event of a stroke sign- F A S T :-

(Facts extracted from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke-USA)
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  1. Good one Shazat! Always being prepared by knowing the signs and symptoms will help you react fast and that means saving a life.

    Great read!

  2. thanks for sharing.. but what actually causes stroke? I mean something more generally?

  3. Alvin : Thanks...consider this as a community service.

    Dummy Dummy: I'm not really sure but in my opinion its has something to do with the way you eat.Too much cholesterol can clog blood vessel causing insufficient oxygen supplied to the brain.How's that?

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  5. Thanks facial paralysis...Eye disorders sounds like an interesting article...catch you later...


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