Strokes are the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and bleeds. The rupture prevents blood and oxygen from reaching the brain. Knowing the symptoms of a stroke and reacting quickly can be a matter of life and death. The simplest way to remember what signs to look for is the acronym FAST: Face, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call 911. Although not everyone has the same symptoms and its important to recognize that. Men and women show completely different symptoms when having a stroke!
Symptoms of a Stoke in Men
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in men
- Drooping on one side of the face. The best way to check this is to ask them to smile.
- Slurred Speech, difficulty speaking, and trouble understanding speech
- Arm weakness or muscle weakness on one side of the body
Symptom of a Stroke in Women
Stoke is the 4th leading cause of death in women. Women have a higher lifetime risk of having a stroke than men.
- Nausea or vomiting
- General weakness
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Fainting or losing conscious
- Confusion, disorientation or lack of responsiveness
- Sudden behavior changes, increased agitation
What to do when someone is having a stroke
- Call 911
- Remember the time you first see symptoms
- Perform CPR if there is no pulse or breathing
- Don’t let the person go to sleep
- Do NOT give them medication, food, or drinks
- Don’t drive yourself of someone else to the emergency room
Sources and to read more: https://www.healthline.com/health/stroke