How to know if I’m having a stroke

One of the leading causes of death and disability in the world  after heart disease is stroke.  According to a report issued by the World Health Organization, today more than 40% of the population is at risk of suffering a serious condition such as stroke.

Let us remember that the main cause of these accidents is a clot that causes a blockage of the arteries of the brain, which will not be able to transport oxygen to the surrounding cells, which will eventually die causing havoc to the health of the affected patient

Cardiovascular accidents have an important relations with heart, since factors such as poor diet, exaggerated consumption of carbohydrates and saturated fats will increase the risk of suffering from cholesterol, which permeates the walls of the arteries which will end up clogging. A cardiovascular accident is similar to a stroke, but it occurs in the brain.

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1. High Blood Pressure

It is perhaps one of the most representative symptoms of a possible cerebrovascular problem. Hypertension is a silent disease that can develop over the years affecting various organs of your body, joints and kidneys without you knowing it. One of the most known problems of hypertension is the increase in the size of the heart.

One of the reasons why hypertension causes the development of cerebrovascular disease is because it weakens the arteries making them weaker, also makes them lose their ability to transport oxygen. The dietary recommendation when you have high blood pressure is eat healthful and not salt because   some components such as sodium found in some salty foods, can increase the possibility that the person will develop clots that can wreak havoc on the brain.


2. Blurred vision

Another important symptom for recognizing a cerebrovascular problem is related to sudden vision loss. Experiencing problems such as visual exhaustion accompanied by double vision, even when the stroke is very severe, starts to lose vision in one of the two eyes.

It is therefore, important to recognize this symptom if it appears spontaneously as a possible reaction of your body to a stroke. If you have this condition, you should consult your nearest health service immediately.

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3. Numbness of the body

Numbness in any part of your body can be an important indicator of a stroke, but many people don’t worry about this life-threatening event.  Most cases of stroke or cardiovascular accidents occur spontaneously;  but in some people they may manifest as tingling in a part of their face, an arm, leg or even half of their body.

This symptom is mainly caused by the fact that a part of the brain is not getting the amount of oxygenated blood it needs to function.


4. Fatigue accompanied by dizziness for no reason

Fatigue as well as dizziness can be the symptom of an underlying disease, including a stroke. This is why so many deaths occur as stroke is often confused with manifestations similar to those that can cause other conditions. So if you have vertigo, dizziness or imbalance for no reason, consider seeing your family doctor. It may be a symptom that something is not right with your brain.

To recognize this sign it is valuable to be able to know if you have a severe headache accompanied by vomiting, numbness of a part of your body for more than 1 hour. Consider knowing what is happening to your brain.

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5. Sudden headache

We’ve all had a severe, moderate or mild headache at one time or another. Many of these uncomfortable headaches are caused by anxiety as well as spending hours in front of a computer. But it is important that for a headache to be considered a consequence of a stroke, you must have some of the symptoms listed above. Not every headache is synonymous with a stroke.

If you have a severe headache all over your head for more than 1 day A headache that doesn’t allow you to get up or do your daily activities and you feel numbness in your body could be a sign that it’s happening to your brain.


6. Stiff neck or shoulder

One of the most common symptoms related to a stroke that is little known to people is feeling or having a stiff neck, shoulder. This symptom may be the underlying cause of a ruptured blood vessel within the brain.

If your neck feels numb, or even unable to move sideways or touch your chest with your chin, you may need to go immediately to your nearest health care facility.