Stroke Awareness: Learning to Recognize the Signs of Stroke

When it comes to stroke treatment, time is a critical factor. For ischemic stroke, clot-busting medication will be the most effective method of treatment, but this medication can only be administered within a few hours of the onset of symptoms. Therefore, it is essential to recognize the signs of stroke and respond by seeking emergency care at the initial onset of these signs. Below, you can see the classic symptoms of stroke along with some not-so-common signs that might occur as well.

Classic stroke symptoms

The most iconic signs of stroke include numbness or weakness in one side of the face or body, sudden confusion, trouble walking, severe headache, and sudden blurriness in vision. A person suffering from a stroke may be unable to repeat simple sentences or answer basic questions. He or she may also be noticeably disoriented and have difficulty remaining balanced while walking or standing.

Hiccups

While it is not necessary to go to the ER every time you have hiccups, some stroke patients will experience hiccups in addition to the more common stroke symptoms above.

Chest pain

Chest pain is a symptom that should not ever be overlooked since it may be associated with stroke, heart attack, and a number of other serious condition. During a stroke, chest pain may be characterized as a heavy pressure in the chest or persistent, throbbing pain.

Fatigue

Women are more likely to experience a more subtle signs of stroke, such as sudden fatigue. Just like heart attacks, stroke is often underdiagnosed in women, and this typically leads to a higher rate of fatalities and disabilities.

If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, call 911 right away and ask to be taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. We are a Comprehensive Stroke Center , meaning that we are equipped with the skills and technology to treat both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke at all hours of the day. To learn more about our stroke care and other hospital services, give us a call at (888) 724-2362 and speak with one of our registered nurses.

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