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Warning Signs of Stroke Could Appear as Early as 1 Month Prior

TIMEFebruary 15, 2022

A stroke or can have life-threatening consequences just like a heart attack. However, there are some early signs of a stroke that start showing up as early as a month before it actually happens. Here are seven such symptoms—knowing them might save someone’s life.

Strokes happen when a blood vessel transporting oxygen to the brain bursts or gets obstructed by a clot. As a result, the brain doesn’t receive much oxygen and the brain cells start to die off. The functions controlled by the affected part of the brain will not be performed normally, and this will have a huge impact on health.

A stroke can manifest differently in every individual, but one thing in common is that it initiates suddenly. Read below the most common symptoms that manifest one month before a stroke, and if you are experiencing any of these, think about consulting your doctor.

1. Unexpected Numbness or Weakness of the Face, Arms, or Legs (Usually on One Side of Person’s Body)

Stroke usually affects one hemisphere of the brain; thus, the effects of the stroke are visible only on one side of the body. If you notice an uneven smile on a person’s face, this is a warning sign. Numbness or weakness in one of the arms can also be a warning sign.

2. Dizziness, Lightheadedness, Fainting

If you notice sudden dizziness, loss of balance, or trouble walking, you should consider contacting your doctor—as the symptoms could be signaling a possible brain attack.

3. Sudden Vision Problems

A stroke can affect the area of the brain that controls vision. So be alert; if you are experiencing a sudden loss of vision, that could be a sign of a stroke.

4. A Pounding Headache That Comes Suddenly and Without Reason

A stroke can be the cause of a sudden, intense headache that doesn’t seem natural. Try keeping track of this from now on. If you find that you are experiencing headaches for no obvious reasons, this may be an early indication of a stroke.

5. Unforeseen Difficulty in Speaking and Understanding

Trouble with understanding things that usually were never a problem or sudden confusion are also consequences of a stroke.

6. Loss of Coordination, Unsteadiness

If you start experiencing sudden loss of coordination, that is, in one moment you are fine but in the next you feel dizzy and can’t move properly, then don’t ignore such hints that your body is giving you; these may be signs of a stroke.

7. Shortness of Breath

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An unexpected difficulty in breathing can also accompany a stroke. If this happens, it should be a warning—don’t ignore it. Remember, early detection is crucial. So, don’t wait if you are experiencing any one of these symptoms, and visit your doctor.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

 
MtRider   :pc_coffee:   ....course with MS, I have  all those sypmtoms anyway.... :shrug:  
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5 hours ago, Mt_Rider said:

.course with MS, I have  all those sypmtoms anyway.... :shrug:

Good info to know.  But with MECFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Lyme Disease, autoimmune diseases, allergies, and a bunch of other maladies you can have those symptoms.  Unfortunately you can have a stroke even with other diseases so it’s still good to assess each episode carefully.

 

Another sign I have heard about but not actually seen is to see if you or the patient can stick their tongue out straight.  If it is off to the side and you or they have some of these other symptoms get medical help.  With a stroke the sooner medical help the less damage. 
 

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Great info!  

 

Women account for about 6 in 10 stroke deaths. While men are more likely to have a stroke, women are more likely to die from one.

 

 

Risk factors for women

Along with the shared risk factors of stroke for both genders, women can have some unique risks, including:

  • Birth control pills: Taking oral contraceptives can nearly double the risk of stroke, particularly in women over the age of 35 years.
  • Pregnancy: The risk of stroke increases during all pregnancy because of changes in blood pressure and stress on the heart.
  • Hormone replacement therapy: Used to relieve the symptoms of menopause, hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of stroke.
  • Thick waist and high blood fat (triglyceride) level: Common to women, these factors may increase the risk of stroke five times over.
  • Migraines: Migraines increase the risk of stroke three to six times in women.
  • Obesity
  • Atrial Fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat that is more common in women.

Symptoms of stroke in women

During a stroke, both men and women often report that the following signs appear suddenly:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Women, however, may also have hiccups, nausea, chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and a racing heartbeat.

Being aware of all of these symptoms can save your life. It may also lower your risk for disability. Compared with men, women have a lower quality of life after a stroke.

Think FAST

The National Stroke Association’s acronym FAST can help you quickly determine whether someone is having a stroke:

  • F (Face): Ask the person to smile. Does one side of his or her face droop?
  • A (Arms): Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S (Speech): Ask for a simple phrase (such as,“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”) to be repeated. Is speech slurred or hard to understand?
  • T (Time): If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

If you or someone else has any of these symptoms, act FAST and call 911. With stroke, time lost is brain lost.

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Great information! Also important to note a big risk factor for stroke is alcoholism as well. My best friend had a massive hemorrhagic stroke at 49 yrs old from drinking. We are lucky she is still with us. 

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This is good information to have,  My mom had a very mild stroke in her 70s. She immediately recognized the symptoms and was trying to direct my dad to the FAST list on the front of the fridge. He didn't really understand what she was getting at, but did call the paramedics. It is important for everyone in the household to be able to recognize the signs and act quickly. Later, dad admitted that he had never actually read the sheet on the fridge.

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There is another form of stroke. My DH had an aneurism at birth that no one knew about. It was at the base of the brain. In 1993. He had a bleed out as the aneurism burst and caused his stroke. They said it was a deadly stroke as being at base of brain there was nothing, they could do but wait for the bleeding to stop. He of course survived that but had to learn to walk all over again, ty his shoes, button a shirt and everything. We worked hard to get him back on his feet. It took 4 months, but he did go back to work and then retired after 2 years because he didn't have the strength to pull those huge pipe wrenches.  One of his cousins about 3 years later had the same type of stroke. There was no warning at all and neither had high BP. But they did have some of those symptoms mentioned above when it happened. 

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