Signs of a Stroke

Signs of a Stroke

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Apr 3, 2014, at 9:51 pm


THE OPINIONS AND FEELINGS ASSOCIATED WITH HAVING A STROKE bring most people anxiety, yet the fear of actually having a stroke remains nearly invisible. Strokes, occurring in all ages, are now putting younger people at a higher threat than ever before. Stroke-related deaths strike about every four minutes therefore it is imperative to recognize the signs and cause of this frightening disease. In today’s world, an alarming 15 percent of common-type strokes occur in teens and young adults.

A stroke hits when blood flow to the brain is disturbed or blocked, affecting the brain cells and causing them to die. A blocked artery prompts an ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. This is distinctive from a hemorrhagic stroke, which involves an erupted blood vessel. A less usual form of stroke, an arterial dissection, is a tear in the inner lining of the artery. Arterial dissections can occur from even a rather minor injury, unlike previously believed.

The risk factors for a stroke are common health ailments that are often overseen by young people. High blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, heart disease, obesity and high cholesterol are just some of these threating influences. In a world of obese teens and hypertension, the diagnostics and treatments for avoiding strokes are critical. Patent foramen ovale (PFO), a congenital heart defect and risk factor for stroke, occurs when a flap-like opening in the heart doesn’t close following birth. The hormone in birth control, estrogen, intensifies clotting in blood, also increasing probability of stroke.

A typical setback concerning strokes involves the bystanders of the disease, incapable of recognizing stroke symptoms. Experts emphasize the significance of understanding the symptoms of a stroke and receiving urgent help. Saving a life is as easy as for letters: “FAST”. The American Stroke Association uses this acronym for simple recognition and response.

    • F for face: Is one side of the face drooping or stuck in place?
    • A for arms: Can both arms be raised, or does one drift downward?
    • S for speech: Is speech slurred or garbled?
    • T for time: Call 911 immediately if you or someone has the above symptoms.

Strokes are time-sensitive, regardless of age. It is essential to realize and know the signs and indications of a stroke.

To read the full article, go to Every Day Health

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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