Stroke is the third most common cause of death in Western Europe. Annually, thousands of people die from stroke.
Stroke is the rapid loss of brain functions due to disturbance of blood flow in the brain. It can happen due to lack of blood flow caused due to blockage or bleeding.
Symptoms of stroke
Common symptoms of stroke include numbness or a feeling of weakness in the face, arm or leg (especially on just one side of the body); confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others; trouble seeing from one or both eyes; dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; severe headache.
If you suspect thet someone is experiencing a stroke, ask the person to smile. Are the muscles on one side so relaxed that they hang? Then, ask the person to raise both arms in front. Can they raise them equally high? In addition, ask the person to say a simple sentence. Observe if there is any unreasonable speech.
If you have confirmed all doubts, immediately call emergency. Do not wait to spend a lot of time because the damage will only be greater. If possible, wait for the help to arrive rather than drive a person to the hospital.
To reduce the risk of stroke, stop smoking, lower blood pressure, prevent the diabetes, reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood and move more.