6 warning signs of stroke to watch out for (even if you’re young)



Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is blocked or if a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

Either way, it can cause great damage to parts of the brain, impairing bodily functions, leading to disability and even causing death in certain cases.

Globally, 13.7 million people will have their first stroke this year and five and a half million will die as a result, states the World Stroke Organisation.

Furthermore, without appropriate action, the number of annual deaths could climb to 6.7 million annually.

Similar to many other chronic illnesses, the risk of getting a stroke increases as you age.

The American Stroke Association has said that every 10 years after age 55, one’s risk of stroke nearly doubles.

Warning signs of stroke

A pre-stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) takes place when the blood supply to the brain briefly stops and resumes. The way it manifests may seem similar to stroke, however, it disappears within 24 hours without causing much damage. According to reports, 1 in 3 people who have a pre-stroke will eventually have a stroke, which is why it is incredibly important to take note of any sign linking itself to a brain attack or major stroke. That said, here are some warning signs to spot stroke risks early.

  1. Weakness/numbness in the face, arms, or legs
  2. Double vision in one or both eyes
  3. Vertigo
  4. Slurred speech
  5. Difficulty in understanding others
  6. Loss of balance

FAST test

Experts from the National Stroke Association and American Heart Association use the acronym FAST to spot the early signs of a stroke. Many other public health officials also use it to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. That said, FAST means:

– Facial drooping

– Arm weakness

– Speech difficulties

– Time

It is important that you seek medical help as and when you notice these signs.

Types of stroke

There are two types of stroke namely Ischemic stroke and Hemorrhagic stroke.

Ischemic strokes occur when blood clots or other particles block or narrow down the arteries leading to the brain.

Hemorrhagic stroke is when blood from an artery suddenly starts to bleed into the brain, which is why the damaged part of the brain cannot function properly.

There is also something called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) a.k.a mini stroke. It is different from other types of stroke given that the blood supply to the brain is blocked only for a short span of time, without any harm done.

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