A stroke is a condition that severely affects one’s arteries that are connected to the brain and are within the brain. It is one of the causes of death and a leading factor behind disability in the United States of America. A stroke happens when blood vessels get blocked by a clot or when they burst. Since blood vessels carry oxygen along with nutrients and blood, the slightest disturbance in this complex network could lead to disability or even death! So, now that you know what a stroke is, do you know about stroke-like symptoms?
Hailey Bieber, a famous American model, and socialite, made headlines recently after she shared her experience with stroke-like symptoms. Many fans and spectators were shocked to hear the news, primarily because Bieber is in her early 20s. So, the question is: can a stroke, or stroke-like symptoms, occur in younger people too? Yes, they can, and it is estimated that 15% of the strokes impact those between the ages of 18 and 55. Another study published in Neurology showed that the frequency of stroke in younger people has gone up by 23% between 1998 to 2011.
Identifying Symptoms Of Stroke
Even though the symptoms of a stroke are unique, a lot of people still aren’t aware of what these symptoms are. Fortunately for Hailey, she was able to identify her symptoms and receive help in due time but because of the time-sensitive nature of a stroke, the slightest delay can lead to dangerous situations! All you have to do is to remember this; BE FAST.
So, experts have now come up with an easy way to remember the signs of stroke:
- Balance/leg weakness: the person is unable to walk straight or maintain balance.
- Eyesight Problem/ Blurring of the vision: the person is facing difficulty seeing.
- Face drooping: If you notice the face drooping or if one side of the face happens to be numb then this is a sign of stroke.
- Arms: the person is unable to move their arms or the side of their body has suddenly become weakened.
- Slurring of speech: if the person is not able to speak proper and coherent sentences or words, then this is a strong sign of stroke.
- Time to call for help
A stroke may sound scary but with the help of proper diet and exercise, you can reduce or possibly even prevent the risk of having one.