A stroke is a “life-threatening” medical emergency that requires immediate help. Elizabeth Gilberg, now 50, recalled the “terrible” symptom that preceded a stroke at the age of 30. Here are the symptoms she experienced.
Triggered by an interruption in the blood supply to the brain, strokes require immediate medical attention. The sooner the person is able to receive treatment, the less likely they are to get it. Gilberg’s husband was the one who called emergency contact when she had a stroke at the age of 32.
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The mother of four faced the frightening problem two weeks after giving birth to her fourth child, Grace.
The first symptom which appeared in her case was a “terrible” headache.
He woke up with this pain one morning in early November.
After leaving her other children at school, she called her husband.
Her partner had just set up her office as a family doctor in their new hometown of Columbia Falls, Montana, USA.
He told her about the headache and that’s the last thing he remembers.
Premier Neurology and Wellness Center explains that patients with stroke may have a headache in parallel with the typical symptoms that form the acronym FAST.
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FAST is an acronym which in Romanian means FAST and which indicates 4 steps to keep in mind when a suspected stroke occurs:
- F (face dropping)
Changes in the face, especially if the patient is trying to smile. Then it can be seen that the face is asymmetrical, the muscles on one side of the face being paralyzed and the eyelid, cheekbones and lip dropped.
- A (arm weakness)
Weakness in the arms. If you try to raise both arms above your head but one of them is inert and cannot be controlled as usual, it may be a sign of a stroke.
- S (speech difficulty)
Speech disorder. If the person suspected of having a stroke cannot repeat a simple sentence, has difficulty speaking or confuses words, he or she may have a stroke.
- T (time)
Reaction time is very important, so if you notice one or more FAST symptoms in you or someone around you, call 112 immediately.
Immediate recognition of the signs of a stroke can make the difference between survival and death. Also, the quick response and the call of an ambulance can improve the chances that the patient will not be left with long-term brain disabilities.
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