"In the field of stroke, they say that" time is a brain, "says Andrew Stemer, MD, director of the stroke program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, which means the longer you wait. to seek treatment after experiencing stroke symptoms, the more time there is for permanent damage to occur.Your best defense is to catch the early symptoms and to reach a state.
"There is suddenly a new neurological symptom that affects one side of the body, so I would go to emergencies right away," says Stemer. "It can be a migraine or something else that is benign, but the problem is that if you do not go, then you will have missed your chance to really treat stroke. "
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Here, seven stroke symptoms in women who deserved immediate medical attention:
1. You feel weak or numb on one side of your body
Suddenly losing strength or being unable to feel a limb on one side of your body is one of the signs the most common stroke, especially in the arms and legs. Stemer says. Why just one side of the body? Because, as the American Stroke Association explains, each side of your brain affects the opposite side of your body. So, if you have bleeding in the right side of your brain, the left side of your body will show symptoms.
2. One side of your face is falling
Again, the side of the affected brain will determine which side of your face shows this tell-tale symptom of stroke, he says. If the corner of your mouth has suddenly dropped or you can not control the facial expressions on both sides of your face, go to the emergency room immediately.
3. You have difficulty reading or understanding the language
The left side of your brain controls the language, so if you have a stroke, you may experience aphasia (loss of ability to understand or to express). This is the most common stroke symptom, which impairs your brain's ability to process words. This can affect the way you speak, your ability to understand what someone says, or your reading or writing skills.
Although we all have moments when we can not think of a word, "most people know themselves or their own bodies enough to recognize that this is transient or only applies to them." 39 to a particular word, "says Stemer. "I would say that if someone worries about not being able to speak – having words stuck on the tip of the tongue for example – or not understanding what others are saying, it's time to immediately consult
4.Your speech is confused
Another symptom of speech-related stroke, but less common, dyspraxia occurs when you can not control the muscles needed to produce a clear speech Your speech muscles may be weak or paralyzed, and you will not be able to move them as you wish, whenever you want.
5. You have an angry headache  Severe headaches are most likely to occur in cases of hemorrhagic stroke, in which the brain bleeds on itself, which requires immediate medical attention, he says. let's not talk about your commonplace headache here, if you could describe the yours as "the worst headache of your life" or that it presents itself in the blink of an eye, have it checked.
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6. You can not see one side
Just like limb weakness or numbness, vision problems are usually unilateral. But instead of losing the sight of a full eye, you risk losing the same field of vision in both eyes (for example, no eye can see left.) It's because "the eyeball itself and the optic nerve are fine, but where this information is going to be processed in the brain is what can be damaged, "says Stemer.
7. You have trouble walking
Strokes can cause both dizziness and loss of coordination, he says. During this time, if you also have problems with numbness or weakness in one leg, you will have more difficulty walking or just standing up. This can be an alarming neurological symptom, and deserves an immediate trip to the hospital.