It is generally accepted that stroke is a health issue that occurs unexpectedly, but medical experts explain that the human body is sending warning signs before this health issue actually happens.

First of all, it is important to explain that stroke is a medical condition that occurs as a result of interrupted or reduced blood flow (blood supply) to the brain after which the brain cells begin to die. Smoking, unhealthy diet, lack of exercising as well as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are some of the most common risk factors for stroke.

In today’s article we are going to present you a list of 5 warning signs that indicate a stroke. Doctors warn their patients that all adult people should know and recognize these signs because on-time reaction can save someone’s life.

  1. Speech Difficulty

Difficulty speaking is another common warning sign of a stroke. Medical experts explain that difficulty with speech is the most obvious sign of a stroke and patients who are having a stroke have trouble to speak clearly and also tend to slur their own words.

If you suspect that some person is having a stroke, ask him/her to repeat something you are saying. If the affected person is unable to repeat that and if he/she is slurring you need to call the ambulance – immediately.

  1. Arm Weakness

If you start experiencing weakness or numbness in the body that occurs unexpectedly and if the weakness is concentrated on one side of your body, there are high chances that you are having a stroke. As doctors explain, arm weakness is one of the most common warning signs when some person is having a stroke.

So, if you consider that some person is in such situation, you should ask the affected person to raise the arms above the head. In case you notice that one arm is significantly lower than the other, immediately call an ambulance.

  1. Severe Headache

Unexplained and unexpected headache that causes severe pain might indicate a stroke. This particularly refers to patients that experience other symptoms of stroke.

However, it is important to highlight that severe headache might also be caused by migraine, so you should ask the affected person whether the headache is unusual to them. If you consider that the person is having a stroke call an ambulance and ask for medical help.

  1. Confusion

According to the Stroke Association, unexpected confusion is one of the warning signs of a stroke that majority patients neglect. The reason for that is the fact that general confusion might be manifested with an uncharacteristic inability to understand what other people say and inability for articulate thoughts.

  1. Balance Issues

Problems with balance and coordination also might indicate a stroke. If you suspect that the affected person is having a stroke ask him/her to touch the nose with the finger and also ask to walk in a straight line. If the person cannot do that, call an ambulance.

Last, but certainly not least, FAST acronym that will help you to detect if the person is having a stroke:

  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulties

Time: don’t forget that time is crucial – call the emergency immediately.