Warning signs of a stroke

 In Advice

The symptoms of a stroke depend on how much a certain area of the brain has suffered the loss of blood supply. A mild stroke may cause the temporary weakness in the arms or legs however more severe strokes can leave people paralysed on the one side of their body or causes the loss of ability to speak.

Without further ado, here follows a few warning signs of a stroke

The FAST symptoms of a stroke

FAST is an acronym describing the main symptoms or warning signs of a stroke that will help you swiftly identify it.

F – Face: If a person’s face starts to droop, this may be a warning sign of an oncoming stroke. Smiling is a quick way to determine whether the face is drooping and the one side of the face may also feel numb.

A – Arm: Weaknes in the arms. If a person raises both arms and start to feel weakness or numbness on one side or one arm drifting downward, it could be a sign of arm weakness.

S – Speech: When a person slurs their speech or have trouble speaking all together, it could be a major warning sign.

T – Time to phone an ambulance: If you or someone you know shows any of the above mentioned symptoms, even if it subsided, we advise that you phone an ambulance or take the person to a doctor immediately.


Other symptoms of a stroke include:

Weakness or paralysis of any part of the body.

Numbness or a “pins and needles” sensation anywhere in the body.

Inability to speak, slurred speech, or inability to understand speech

Loss of sensation in any part of the body

Memory loss

Behavioral changes

Muscle stiffness

Difficulty swallowing

Involuntary eye movements

Trouble walking or the loss of balance

Blurred vision or vision changes in both eyes


Severe headache


How to reduce the chances of getting a stroke:

– Control your blood pressure, especially if its high

– Try to do moderate exercise at least 5 times a week

– Eat a healthy, diverse, diet that contains vegetables and fruit but are low in sodium

– Reduce your cholesterol

– Maintain a healthy weight or BMI

– Don’t smoke

– Reduce alcohol consumption

– Go for regular check-ups with your doctor

– Manage your stress levels

– Educate yourself on the warning signs of strokes


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