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Stroke Symptoms: The Warning Signs of Stroke

March 5, 2013 aboutbloodpressure Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of stroke can vary widely and can occur at the same time. Symptoms depend upon the type of stroke, the severity of the “brain attack” and the area of the brain affected.

For example, one may not feel much pain during an ischemic stroke (where a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain), but ischemic strokes can kill — more than 100,000 Americans every year, in fact.

Hemorrhagic stroke (when a blood vessel breaks, leaking blood into the brain) is equally deadly. Yet, this form of brain attack typically entails a different set of stroke symptoms — many of which are related to increased pressure within the brain.

The signs of a stroke can manifest themselves without warning. Many people who experience stroke symptoms are not aware that they’re having a stroke.

John C. Lincoln would like you and your loved ones to be able to recognize the signs of stroke, so that you’ll be more able to call for lifesaving treatment, if needed.

Think “F.A.S.T.”

In general, stroke symptoms can be identified with the “F.A.S.T.” system:

  • F — Face: Does it droop on one side? Can the patient smile and show all teeth?
  • A — Arms: Are they equally strong? Can the patient raise both arms and hold them up?
  • S — Speech: Is it slurred or garbled? Can the patient speak normal sentences?
  • T — Time: Don’t waste it! If you or someone you love has any symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately!

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