Strokes are a very scary, traumatic event. If you don’t know what the symptoms are, you may hesitate to seek treatment and could potentially allow more damage to occur. Be in the know about stroke symptoms and what you should do if you or someone you know suffers from a stroke.
A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply is blocked. Someone suffering from a stroke may lose control over movement, perception, speech and may even lose consciousness. Most strokes are caused by the brain’s blood flow being blocked. These are called ischemic strokes and are a result of a stationary clot or a traveling clot. A hemorrhagic stroke or bleed of the brain is the cause of the second type of stroke. This type of stroke occurs when the blood vessels get weak. Uncontrolled hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most common cause of a hemorrhagic stroke.
What are the Symptoms
Typical symptoms of a stroke include:
- Weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
- Abrupt loss of vision
- Sudden dimness of vision
- Loss of balance
- Sudden and severe headache
- Loss of consciousness
- Unexplained dizziness
- Facial drooping or slurred speech
What to Do
If you or someone you know is suffering from stroke-like symptoms, medical attention should be sought immediately. As soon as you arrive at the emergency room, a CT scan should be done to determine if there is bleeding in the brain. This will identify the type of stroke that has occurred.
If you have questions or concerns about stroke symptoms, make an appointment to speak with a medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available to offer you a quick and efficient experience. Note that anyone suffering stroke symptoms should be taken to an emergency room immediately.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.