A stroke is simply an attack on the brain. One can strike in as little of time that it takes you to count to one to fifteen. You may think that strokes are only something that occurs in older people and especially in men. If you think this, you may be surprised to learn that women between the ages of 45 to 54 are twice as likely to suffer from a stroke as a man is and they are also twice as likely to die from one.
Since a stroke can cause you to become paralyze or worse, it is essential that we all recognize the symptoms, risk factors and what we can do to help lower are chances of developing a stroke. These factors were all recently discussed on Dr. Oz’s popular television show.
The reason that a stroke can be referred to as a brain attack it is an actual attack on your brain caused by clogged arteries. These clogged arteries can close off the arteries of your brain and make them explode.
Here are some of the symptoms that you need to watch out for in regards to a stroke:
• Speech and language problems
• Loss of movement control
• Memory and emotional changes. This can be the hardest symptom for a doctor to recognize.
Some of the basic signs that you may be having a stroke are:
• Feeling the worse headache of your life
• Vision change, this change can include blurriness, dimness even seeing things as if one side of your viewing area has been blinded
• Weakness, numbness or heaviness in one part of your body feeling as if you have a weight on one part of your body or one side of your body
• Slurred speech
• Face and leg pain
If you notice any of these signs, seek help immediately. If you get help immediately, you can get help to stop or limit this stroke. Women also notice symptoms differently than men. They may not experience the symptoms as intensely as men. For this reason, women need to take any warning signs seriously.
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