How to recognize the symptoms of a stroke

When it comes to stroke, the faster you get the appropriate treatment and react properly, the better. Therefore, do not waste time thinking if you should go to the hospital or not. Learn to recognize symptoms and react on time.

Stroke is a result of reduction of blood that flows to the brain due to a clot or bleeding. Doctors often say ‘time is brain’, which means that the sooner the proper treatment begins the less likely that the stroke has some serious negative impacts, even death. If you or someone you know has symptoms states below, immediately call an ambulance.

Bad or blurred vision

A stroke can cause vision problems: double vision, blurry image or complete loss of vision in one eye. This is obviously not a well known fact: a study conducted on 1,300 people showed that only 44 percent of them know that a stroke can cause vision problems.

Speech difficulties or confusion

Even in the case of ‘minor’ stroke, difficulties in communication may occur. Stroke can impair the ability of expression or understanding the speech of the person that faced stroke. If you can not normally pronounce sentence and have stirring words, the probability that you have suffered a stroke is up to incredible 72 %.

The limbs weakness

Common symptom is that the limbs become weak, very difficult to control or those are completely paralyzed. Genuinely the problem of ‘blunt’ limbs appears on the opposite side of the hemispheres of the brain that is affected by stroke. Extend both hands palms up and hold them in this position for 10 seconds. If one of the hands begins to uncontrollably fall, it indicates muscle weakness, which is a sign of a stroke.

Dizziness and loss of balance

If you suffer from dizziness, nausea, and you find it hard to walk, it can also mean that you have suffered a stroke. Patients often confuse the symptoms of stroke with other medical conditions. Sometimes dizziness is attributed to a viral syndrome, but it can be a sign of a stroke.


Pain is not a typical symptom of stroke, but if you feel a sudden and sharp pain in the hand, leg, one side of the face or chest, it is certainly a cause for concern. Research has shown that 62 % nontraditional symptoms occur more often women than in men, and one of them is a pain.

Severe headache

A sudden and severe headache, which can be categorized as one of the worst you’ve had, is a frequent symptom of stroke. Such a pain in tandem with stroke more common in women, but also in younger persons who have in the past suffered from migraine.

Fatigue and psychological changes

A recent study of ischemic stroke showed that women who have a stroke feel more often general weakness, fatigue, disorientation and mental changes than men.

Sagging face

A sudden, unilateral weakness of the facial muscles may be a clear indication that you have suffered a stroke. Medical staff will most likely ask you to smile or show his teeth. If you cannot control the muscles on one side of the face, it’s quite certain that you have had a stroke.


In ordinary situations, hiccups are harmless and short-term disturbance. But when it comes to stroke, it affects the respiratory center in the brain, which can cause sudden, long-term hiccups, more often in women.