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Five warning signs of a stroke you MUST watch out for

by , 31 July 2013

There are four major types of strokes. Blood clots (thrombus) or particles that plug an artery cause cerebral thrombosis and cerebral embolism. These two types are the most common, accounting for about 70% to 80% of all incidents. The other two types are cerebral hemorrhages and subarachnoid hemorrhages. These are caused by ruptured blood vessels (or hemorrhage). While strokes are deadly, you can reduce your risk if you spot the signs early and seek treatment. Here are five warnings signs of a stroke.

According to How to Fight Heart Disease and Win, a stroke occurs when a vessel bursts or is clogged by a blood clot or some other particle. Because of the rupture, a part of your brain doesn’t get the flow of blood it needs.

Within just a few minutes, nerve cells in that part of the brain die and the part of your body that the cells control also dies. Because dead brain cells aren’t replaceable, the effects of a stroke are often permanent.

Since prevention is better than cure, lookout for these warning signs of a stroke and seek treatment as soon as possible.

If you notice any of these five signs, you might have a stroke coming your way

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  2. Sudden confusion, difficulty in speaking or understanding
  3. Sudden trouble in seeing with one or both eyes
  4. Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or loss of coordination
  5. Sudden, severe headaches with no known cause

If you notice one or more of these symptoms, get to a hospital immediately. Remember, in the case of a stroke, every second really does count. Treatment is more effective if provided soon after a stroke occurs.

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