15 Oct Know the Signs Of Stroke
A stroke occurs when blood flow is interrupted or cut off from an area of the brain. This deprives the brain tissue of oxygen which results in brain cells dying. Depending on where the stroke occurs, and how much damage it causes the brain will determine how one will be affected. Smaller strokes may result in minor problems, such as a temporary arm or leg weakness, whereas more severe strokes may permanently paralyze one side of the body, even resulting in speech problems. Speak to our neurologist in Port Jefferson if you have any further questions regarding signs and symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of stroke
Pay close attention to these signs and symptoms and when they begin. Length of signs and symptoms can be a determining factor in your treatment options. Watch out for:
Difficulty speaking or understanding: Victims may slur their words, have a difficulty understanding speech, even experience confusion.
Face, arm or leg paralysis/numbness/weakness: Sudden paralysis, numbness or weakness in these areas often affects one side of the body. To determine if you may be having a stroke, raise both arms over your head simultaneously; one arm beginning to fall may be a sign of stroke. If you try to smile, one side of the mouth may droop.
Vision trouble: Victims may experience blurred or blackened vision, or see double, in one or both eyes.
A headache: A headache accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness may be the result of a stroke.
Difficulty walking: Victims may stumble or, experience dizziness or loss of balance and/or coordination.
Call an ambulance immediately if you, or anyone you know, is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms. You may consult our neurologist in Port Jefferson for further stroke indications.
When to see a doctor
In times of a stroke, you have to think and act “F.A.S.T”. Seek medical attention even if signs and symptoms come and go or fully disappear.
Face: Does one side of the face droop when the person smiles?
Arms: is one arm weak/numb or does one arm fall when the person raises both arms above their head?
Speech: Is the person experiencing difficulty speaking? Is their speech slurred or difficult to understand?
Time: Dial 9-1-1 if these signs occur. Make sure to report the time when symptoms started happening.
If you have suffered from a stroke, it should be taken seriously and action should be taken fast. Contact our neurologist in Port Jefferson if are seeking treatment.