Stroke symptom is difficult to spot at first because the symptoms can also be caused by a myriad of other conditions. Stroke is a medical emergency, so you should not delay getting treatment. Stroke is the third highest cause of deaths in the United States. Symptoms of stroke are very similar to those of an ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, and can be confused with a stroke victim’s problem.
A – Arm weakness or double vision. Ask the individual to lift both arms above their heads. If one arm is noticeably weaker and wobbles down, they might be experiencing a mild stroke symptom. Numbness or weakness on one side of the body, particularly the right side is also a regular stroke symptom. Slurred speech or trouble speaking coherently might also be a sign of stroke.
B – Back pain. This symptom is fairly easy to spot. Some people will complain that they have back pain or leg pain after having been active for a short period of time. Others will say that they have no back or leg pain and cannot pinpoint an exact cause. You want to have an intensive, acute stroke recognition skill so that you can identify all of the symptoms that can occur following a stroke, so you can get treatment right away.
C – Changes in vision. Blind spots are a regular stroke symptom and usually appear right before a major cognitive test such as speed or attention. There could also be flickers of light which interfere with seeing. Lidded eyes and blurry vision are two more common signs. Double vision and tunnel vision can be associated with multiple sclerosis. Make sure to ask about these symptoms when screening patients to ensure that they have not experienced any of the above signs.
D – Drooping eyelids. One side of the eyelid drops to a downward position when a stroke occurs, sometimes not immediately following the stroke. Drooping eyelids can be indicative of a mild to severe drooping of one side of the eyelid (if there is only one).
E – Difficulty swallowing. This can be one of the hardest strokes to diagnose. People often complain that they cannot swallow on one side, but have no other symptoms that are consistent with drooping lips. In some cases, lip drooping occurs before the patient drinks or takes in any fluids (there may also be anorexia). In other instances, the lip droops after the patient has had a drink or is dehydrated.
F – Failure to heal. The first symptoms are typically those of infection, bruising, or swelling. Once the initial signs subside, the rest of the symptoms usually begin to become noticeable. These include loss of movement or sensation (impairment), lack of concentration and memory (lack of recall), problems with speech (dyspraxia), problems with balance (vertigo), and difficulty speaking (reflex disorder).
G – Giddiness. This is another difficult stroke symptom that has many potential sources. Giddiness can occur with a cold, influenza-like symptoms, or even from confusion caused by the slowing of blood flow or a temporary disturbance in the blood vessels resulting from trauma (shooter’s headache). In many cases, however, giddiness will subside with rest and is otherwise unexplained.
H – Hypertension. This is often one of the first signs of stroke that appears both in acute and chronic patients. Although hypertension is considered a syndrome, it can be a separate condition requiring special testing, treatment, and follow up. There are two types: the problem of restricted blood supply (compression of arteries) and the problem of fluid retention (caused by fluid being trapped in the arteries). One side effect of either condition is sudden trouble speaking or swallowing.
J – Jaw Pain. This can occur in acute stroke and usually indicates a small ischemic stroke, where a blood clot has formed in a blood vessel, blocking the flow of blood to that area. A jagged band on the top of the mouth may indicate an embolism (blood clot in a very narrow blood vessel). A feeling of tightness in the jaw, which increases when you try to open your mouth wide, is usually another sign of a more severe problem and one that is not common.
S – Sensory Loss. In addition to the first symptoms above, many people will experience numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness in the upper body, often in the region of the arms. Numbness and tingling may be the first symptoms of a stroke in its early stages, but they are not the only ones that are experienced. Sudden loss of sensation in the arms or legs is a common second symptom after a stroke.
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