Strokes are one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. They occur when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, either by a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel. While some strokes happen suddenly and without warning, others give you subtle signs that something is wrong. In fact, your body may warn you a month before a stroke occurs. Here are seven warning signs you shouldn’t ignore:
Headaches: If you experience sudden, severe headaches that are different from your usual headaches, it could be a sign of a stroke. Pay attention to the location, intensity, and duration of the pain.
Dizziness: Feeling dizzy or lightheaded, especially when standing up, could be a sign of a drop in blood pressure, which can lead to a stroke.
Numbness or weakness: If you suddenly experience numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of your body, it could be a sign of a stroke.
Confusion: If you have trouble speaking, understanding others, or thinking clearly, it could be a sign of a stroke.
Vision problems: If you suddenly experience blurred or double vision, or have trouble seeing out of one or both eyes, it could be a sign of a stroke.
Chest pain: If you experience sudden, severe chest pain, it could be a sign of a heart attack, which can lead to a stroke.
Difficulty walking: If you suddenly have trouble walking, balancing, or coordinating your movements, it could be a sign of a stroke.
If you experience any of these warning signs, don’t ignore them. Seek medical attention immediately. At Nao Medical, we offer comprehensive check-ups and preventive care to help you stay healthy and avoid serious health issues like strokes. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing you with the best possible care, from urgent care to primary care, mental health, women’s health, and nutrition services. We offer same-day appointments, minimal wait times, exceptional and empathetic staff, stunning clinic environments, a technologically driven approach with a comprehensive app, and extensive after-hours virtual care. Book an appointment with us today to ensure your health is in top shape.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, either by a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel. This can cause brain cells to die, leading to permanent brain damage or death.
What are the risk factors for stroke?
The risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, family history of stroke, and age (over 55 for women, over 45 for men).
How can I prevent a stroke?
You can prevent a stroke by managing your risk factors, such as controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet.
What should I do if I think I’m having a stroke?
If you experience any of the warning signs of a stroke, such as sudden numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of your body, seek medical attention immediately. Call 911 or your local emergency number.