What are the symptoms of a stroke?
It is very important for patients who are experiencing a stroke to be seen immediately in a medical facility, but the symptoms of a stroke can be confusing and vague. There are new medications and treatments for stroke, but patients need to be seen very early in the course of their symptoms (within hours) to receive these treatments. Currently, only 46 % of patients are seen in the Emergency Department within three hours of their symptoms!
Here are some symptoms of a stroke you should never ignore:
–Weakness of the arm or leg
–A droop of one side of the face
–Difficulty with speech, or slurred speech
–Difficulty walking, for example listing to one side
–Changes of vision
–Sudden onset of dizziness
–Headaches, confusion and seizures are rare, but can be a sign of stroke especially if there is bleeding associated with the stroke (hemorrhagic stroke)
Patients who are at increased risk of a stroke are patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, atrial fibrillation, and tobacco smokers.