Stroke symptoms and risk factors

Stroke is a serious condition and a medical emergency. It occurs when the blood supply to the brain is stopped or reduced, which means that the organ no longer receives enough oxygen. In the absence of oxygen, brain cells begin to die, and specialist medical care must be provided urgently. How do you recognize the symptoms of stroke and what are the risk factors that expose you to the development of the disease?

It is essential to recognize the symptoms of stroke, both for you and for those prone to this condition. In this case, you can intervene before the consequences of the stroke are serious, irreparable, and you can make sure that you quickly receive the medical help necessary for your life and those around you. Moreover, you can avoid the development of the disease through prevention. In this regard, it is essential to know which are the risk factors that predispose to the manifestation of the stroke, according


  • Altering the sight and perception of this sense. Suddenly, the vision can become blurred, the image is missing (being blackened) or it doubles.
  • Headache. A severe headache that does not gradually intensify. It occurs suddenly and may be accompanied by certain physical conditions (nausea, vomiting, dizziness).
  • The balance is affected. This symptom is associated with sudden dizziness.
  • Numbness of the face or upper and lower limbs. Usually, this type of paralysis or numbness occurs on one side of the body and is associated with the opposite side of the brain where the stroke occurs.
  • Communication and understanding issues. This is a state of confusion and cognitive functions are impaired. Both speech and comprehension occur with difficulty during a stroke.

If you experience such symptoms, call 112. Immediately, how your brain is affected depends on the time it takes to intervene. If medical help is provided sooner, the repercussions will diminish.

Risk factors:

  • Genetic
  • Addictions (tobacco use, direct or passive)
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease, including hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Age (people over 55 are more prone)
  • Men are at higher risk than women
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (during sleep)

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