7 Warning Signs Of A Stroke That Everyone Should Know

When you have a stroke, your brain isn't getting the blood it needs. You need treatment right away to lower your chances of brain damage, disability, or even death.




1. Loss In Motor Functions

"When someone has a stroke, the part of the brain which lacks blood flow ceases to function properly. If the territory of the stroke is responsible for a particular action, such as speaking or lifting ones arm or leg, those functions become impaired, leading to a corresponding loss of speech," says Towfigh. "Strokes can effect various brain regions and the region that is effected determines the deficit that occurs," he adds.

2. Weakness

"Sudden weakness or imbalance or loss of coordination," can occur before getting a stroke, says Towfigh. This is not just feeling sleepy or tired after a long day; this will be a sudden, noticeable change. You might feel out of it, without the ability to comprehend speech, as well.

3. Having Risks Associated With It

If you have some of the risk associated with a higher incidence of stroke, then you're more likely to experience warning signs leading to onset, says Towfigh. Here are a few risk factors to watch out for: "Risk factors for developing a stroke include male gender, age, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension," says Towfigh.



4. Having High Blood Pressure

Watch your blood pressure. "High blood pressure is associated with increased long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes," says Mike Gnitecki, a Paramedic in Dallas, Texas to Bustle. "If you have high blood pressure, please discuss it with your doctor. Your doctor can likely put you on a medication such as Metoprolol (a beta blocker) that can reduce your blood pressure," Gnitecki adds.

5. Drooping Face

Here's a helpful tip: "Remember the acronym FAST. If you see Face drooping, Arm weakness, or Speech difficulty (such as slurred speech), it is Time to Call 911. Remember "FAST" -- Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time to Call 911," says Gnitecki. It's common to find your face drooping, as well as slurred speech, when a stroke is about to happen.

6. Bad Headache


I mean, real bad. In a "Hemorrhagic or a bleeding stroke, an artery bursts, causing the blood to pour into the brain and increase pressure on this vital organ," says Adam Splaver, MD, a cardiologist in Florida to Bustle. "Patients who experience this type of stroke may experience a change in mental status or complain about having the worst headache of their life," Splaver says.