Strokes are also known as brain attacks and they can occur because of a disturbed blood circulation in certain parts of the brain. Strokes are the 4th leading cause of death in USA and they are the main reason for handicap among adults.

Stroke Warning Signs

There are two types of strokes: hemorrhagic and ischemic. The hemorrhagic stroke includes strokes that are less common and they are result of hemorrhaging physiological. The second type or ischemic strokes happens because of blocking or constricting of the canals to our brain which lowers the blood flow.

However, if you want to stop the brain damage because of stroke, it is important to recognize the symptoms and to ask medical help on time. It is also important to lower the damage and have bigger chances for treatment.

The stroke has its own symptoms, and they can be different for each person. However the warning signs can occur suddenly and these are the most common symptoms:

• Loss of control and balance, trouble strolling
• Trouble talking and problems with understanding speech
• Numbness in the legs, arm or face, mostly on one side
• These are some other symptoms:
• Complete paralysis
• Vision problems
• A sudden disappointment without a reason

If you want to recognize stroke or the beginning of the stroke, it is important to discover the following symptoms that are also known under the acronym FAST.

1. Face: examine and check if one side of the face sags. You should ask the patient to smile.
2. Arms: the patient should try to lift his arms. You need to check if one of the arms drifts downwards.
3. Speech: the patient needs to try and replicate a phrase. You need to see if his speech is slurry or odd.
4. Time: each minute is very important and you have to react quickly and call an ambulance.

It is very important to recognize these signs and if they happen suddenly and fast you need to react quickly and do not wait. You should ask for medical help immediately.

Do not drive to the hospital. Instead, you should call an ambulance, since the medical employees are going to start with their procedure during their way to you.

If the symptoms appear and they disappear after a couple of minutes it is very important to visit your doctor because these symptoms can increase the risk of a stroke. They are also known as TIA – transient ischemic assaults.

In some cases people confuse the stroke symptoms with migraines and we present you how to make a difference between them:

• The signs of strokes happen suddenly, and the signs of migraine happen gradually.
• In some cases the symptoms of a migraine can be positive like added stimuli, such as viewing zigzag forms or flashing lights. On the contrary the TIA signs will normally start with other unpleasant symptoms, such as loss of vision and hearing and loss of limb power.

Strokes can happen anytime and the age or time are not important. These are some of the risk factors.

• Diabetes
• High blood pressure
• Cigarette smoking
• Family history
• Age 55 or older
• Problems including heart problems, blood problems or atrial fibrillation
• Aesthetic disruptions or migraines with mood,

If you want to prevent strokes, you have to avoid certain risks and eat healthy. Consume a lot of fruit and vegetables, exercise regularly, eat a lot of whole grains and have a healthy life style.