Don’t Underestimate the Signs of Stroke


istock_000024339953largeMany people do not realize that they are having a stroke when it happens to them, as some well known signs of stroke may not arise when we suffer them in the early stage. That’s according to a research from the University of Oxford.  Although many people will know the major symptoms, but some will not be aware of some other small symptoms like headaches, balance loss, and losing reflex.

Act quickly when experiencing an attack

One thing that is most important when experiencing signs of stroke is that you need to act quickly to be able to prevent it from developing into something even more dangerous. Well, this new study highlights the importance of going to the hospital quickly after getting a stroke attack.

The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, involved 150 people who had experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke. A transient ischemic attack is a condition inside your brain where the blood flow which usually runs smoothly to your brain part are blocked or experience a decline caused by clotting. But this condition does not occur continuously because it the symptoms will be gone after a while when the blood starts flowing to the brain again. This condition is indeed different to a stroke where the clotting stays and cause damage to the brain. People should also be aware of these type of conditions because despite being temporary there are some cases known that a mild stroke can cause brain damage.

Concerning that these mini strokes only last a while, according to the study 59 percent of study participants said they did not know they had suffered a stroke at the time. This is not surprising knowing that you most likely will not feel that it is a major problem as the symptoms don’t last long. In this what needs to be changed in order to prevent more damage to the brain.

Know the signs of stroke

According to the American Stroke Association, signs of stroke include facial drop, arm weakness and speech difficulties. These are not the only symptoms you can see when someone is suffering from a stroke attack. Other well known symptoms that usually arise are loss of balance, throbbing headache, imbalance, episodes of black-out or visual impairment, and some even experience short term memory loss.

People who have family, friend, or relatives who have risks of getting a stroke, should know the proper early treatment for stroke. By knowing what needs to be done after stroke we can prevent it from being fatal. The first step you should do after a transient ischemic attack is to give the patient aspirin. But it is not recommended to give aspirin for heavy stroke where the blood vessels burst, only give it to those experiencing blood clotting or the TIA already explained above. People who shows symptoms of stroke should be taken to the hospital immediately. Some drug treatments only help for a few hours after a stroke attack and getting immediate treatment can prevent long-term effects or even death.

Spread the knowledge!

Unfortunately, that was not the case for most of the study participants. More than 61 percent did not seek help immediately when they suffered a mini-stroke. Some men also refused to admit that they were having a stroke. This is why it is important to spread the knowledge of the danger of TIA and what needs to be done when experiencing the symptoms. Having this type of knowledge can help people to understand more about the condition and can prevent it becoming worse.

“This study highlights the importance for patients to recognize the cerebrovascular symptoms and to act quickly,” the researchers said, as reported by Health.

The study authors noted that nearly a third of the participants reported a decrease or loss of vision, something that many people don’t know or consider it as clear signs of stroke. However, in reality, vision problems are one of the symptoms of stroke.

Efforts to raise awareness of stroke is very much needed and people have to be reminded about the need for a quick response when they suffer from a stroke attack. Hopefully more lives can be saved if people who are at high risks of stroke can be more aware of their condition and have the knowledge of the signs of stroke to deal with attacks.