The faster you respond to a stroke, the better. However, most people aren’t aware of how they can distinguish stroke from other medical issues. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, so if you experience any of the following common symptoms of stroke, contact emergency medical services right away.
Numbness in the arm. If a person reports a sudden feeling of numbness in one or both of their arms, it’s a strong sign that they are experiencing a stroke. Stroke may also manifest as a tingling sensation, a feeling that one’s arms are abruptly weaker and more difficult to move, or an inability to move one’s arms at all.
Difficulty speaking. Notable changes in speaking patterns are also a warning sign of stroke. If a person begins slurring his or her words, it’s a strong indicator of stroke. Stroke victims may also have trouble understanding other people. To test whether a person is having trouble communicating, ask them to repeat a short sentence.
Drooping face. Many stroke victims experience a sudden loss of feeling in their face, which may make it seem to partly sag on one side. This is because stroke is paralyzing the muscles on one side of their face, causing their eyelid or mouth to droop. Ask the patient to smile, and check to see if one side looks different than the other.
Symptoms for women. Along with these symptoms, women often experience different stroke symptoms than men. These may include hiccuping fits, pain in the chest, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. Abrupt nausea and severe fatigue may also be indicators of stroke.
At Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, we take pride in providing comprehensive care for stroke patients at our state-of-the-art Stroke Center. We have been nationally recognized for offering high-quality treatment for stroke. Call (855) 245-8328 for more information about the services we offer.