Would you know the symptoms of a stroke if it were to strike?

Stroke is the second leading cause of disability in the world. Worldwide, fifteen million people suffer strokes each year and a third of them die as a result. Another third becomes permanently disabled.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

What is a stroke?

Simply put, a stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. This occurs when a blood vessel bursts or is blocked by a clot. As a result, that part of the brain doesn’t receive blood and oxygen and begins to die.

Stroke can strike anyone at any age, although it is much more common in people over the age of 60.

It’s important for us to know what the signs look like so that we can tend to the problem quicker and minimize the brain damage or even save a life.

There are two types of stroke:

Hemorrhagic – occurs when a blood vessel leaks or a brain aneurysm (enlarged artery) bursts and blood flows into or around the brain, causing pressure.

Ischemic – caused by a blockage or blood clot in a blood vessel, cutting off blood supply to the brain. This is the most common type of stroke.

Signs of Stroke

Pain on One Side of the Face

Sudden and inexplicable pain on one side of the face, arm, leg, or chest isn’t typical but it’s not uncommon. Women are more likely to experience atypical stroke symptoms, so better to be safe than sorry.

Inability to catch breath and tremors

If you’re experiencing a stroke, you might feel a sudden loss of breath and difficulty breathing. This is a sign of heart arrhythmia due to lack of oxygen.

Loss of Balance

Sudden dizziness, lack of coordination, or loss of balance are common stroke symptoms and should be taken seriously.

Headaches and migraine

severe headache is common during a stroke. Studies have shown that 588 volunteers who experienced a sharp headache with stroke were mostly young people with migraines. This is a more common symptom in women.

Difficult to Walk

Sudden numbness or tingling anywhere in the body (“pins and needles”) or instability and trouble with normal walking can be signs of a stroke

Blurry vision or loss of vision

 The beginning of a stroke can cause weakening of the vision in one or both eyes. What’s more, 44% of people who’ve experienced a stroke pointed out the loss of vision as a symptom.


If you’re in the middle of doing something and become suddenly confused, disoriented, or unable to understand and think straight, it could be a sign of stroke.


Dizziness or imbalance alone isn’t necessarily a sign of a stroke; dizziness and imbalance accompanied by vertigo often are symptoms of a brainstem stroke. Vertigo is the sensation of swaying or spinning without moving or that objects in the environment are moving when they’re not. Vertigo alone is often a simple matter of an imbalance in the inner ear and can be cured with the Epley Maneuver or another physical adjustment. It’s the triumvirate that is of concern for stroke.

When it comes to brain stem stroke, the prognosis is very good:

“Dramatic recovery from a brain stem stroke is possible. Because brain stem strokes do not usually affect language ability, the patient is able to participate more fully in rehabilitation therapy. Most deficits are motor-related, not cognitive. Double vision and vertigo commonly resolve after several weeks of recovery in mild to moderate brain stem strokes,” writes the American Stroke Association.

Trouble speaking and difficulty understanding speech

In the beginning, these are smaller confusions regarding the period of the day or the time. You can also feel delirious and lose the ability to speak, which often leads to confusion.


Women are more likely than men to feel sudden extreme fatigue, weakness, confusion, and changes in mental state during a stroke.


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