A stroke occurs when there is an obstruction of blood to the brain or a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability around the world and there are thousands of cases per year in Nigeria. The importance of detecting a stroke on time can never be overemphasized. Thankfully, it gives off several warning signs and symptoms before it occurs. Here are 5 of them to look out for:
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is always a red flag in the body. It can lead to several problems including a stroke. This is because it damages the nerves in your brain and can weaken the blood vessels. On top of that, high blood pressure can also cause blood clots in the bloodstream. The closer these blood clots get to the brain, the higher the chance of an Ischemic Stroke. Try to check your blood pressure from time to time.
Numbness of One Side of the Body
This is one of the most common signs of an upcoming stroke. It usually occurs on one side of the face, arm or leg of the body. Thanks to how pronounced this symptom can be, it is easily detectable. If you notice this kind of numbness, seek medical help immediately to prevent any irreversible damage.
Before a stroke occurs, a person may experience vision problems such as double vision, blurred vision, or loss of vision in one or both eyes. If you ever find yourself experiencing any of these vision problems, consult your doctor immediately to rule out anything serious.
Dizziness and Weakness
Dizziness and weakness usually occur due to a lack of sleep or stress. But when they occur for no obvious reason, then they may be a sign of something more serious like a stroke. Never assume your weakness and dizziness would go away on its own. See a doctor as soon as you can.
Migraines and Severe Headaches
When a stroke occurs, it is due to an obstruction of blood flow to the brain. This condition can lead to a rupture in the blood vessel, causing migraine or headache so severe that you can barely cope. Never overlook a migraine or headache as they are one of the most common red flags of a stroke.
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