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Warning signs of brain stroke

Stroke refers to the swift loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to brain. The reasons can be lack of blood flow due to blockage or hemorrhage. Diabetes & Hypertension, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol level, and heart diseases are the important risk factors of stroke.

Warning signs

Face drooping

If the face of the patient droops to one side or one experiences numbness on one side of the face, call for help immediately. Meanwhile you can ask the person to smile, if he cannot, than rush him to the hospital immediately.

Weakness in the arm

A stroke patient will experience numbness or weakness in one of both of his/her arms. You can ask him/her to raise her hand, in a stroke patient the hand will fall downwards.

Difficulty in speaking

During a stroke patients have slurred speech. Ask them to simple questions, generally they won’t be able to reply it correctly, ask them repeatedly to check if they are having a stroke.

Loss of balance

A stroke patients finds it difficult to balance his body, he may suffer from difficulty in moving and lack of co-ordination.

Throbbing headache

One can suffer a throbbing headache suddenly without a reason, this generally signals towards hemorrhagic stroke.

Other symptoms include:

– Loss of short-term memory

– Episodes of black-out or visual impairment

– Giddiness/ imbalance

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