Causes, Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Causes, Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

I am that Mother who has been known to yell, “If you don’t stop bugging your brother you are going to cause me to have a stroke!”  But what do we really know about stokes and do you know that up to 80% of strokes are preventable?

Most of us associate a stroke with an older person.  In reality a stoke can happen at any age, even before birth.  Some strokes happen as a result of illness, and or brain damage.  Strokes are usually preventable as they are a result of a blood clot blocking an artery, and fast medical help can reduced the negative outcome of the stroke if caught in time. Below are a few fast facts which include the causes, signs and symptoms of strokes.

Prevention is a key. Some health factors that contribute to greater risk of strokes are:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atherosclerosis

If you know you have any of these health issues, it is critical to work with your medical professional to help keep these issues under control and keep a eye out for any health changes.  Some lifestyle practices add to the higher rate of stroke. They are:

  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Over indulging in alcoholic beverages.

The National Stroke Association has developed a check list to help spot a potential stroke issue within individuals known as FAST; the acronym has a double meaning. Each letter is a sign of stroke and it’s a reminder that the outcome will be better for the patient the faster they receive medical attention.


Causes, Signs and Symptoms of Stroke | FAST Checklist


If you are alone and you have a sudden onset of any of the following issues, you could be having a stroke.  Call for assistance, it’s better to ask for help and not need it than to wait until it is too late. Look for:

  •  Numbness or weakness in your face,  an arm or leg – especially if only on one side of the body.
  •  Confusion, sudden trouble speaking or understanding what is being said or what you hear.
  •  Vision issues, trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  •  Loss of balance or coordination, trouble walking strong dizzy feeling.
  •  severe sudden headache with no known cause.

If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, take heart.  Physical rehabilitation to help a person relearn how to use a limb, speak or both is available.  While rehabilitation maybe a long process, the help from specially trained therapists who work in the field of occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy offers help and hope for a happy prognoses.

For more information about strokes contact the National Stroke Association at


(Graphic from the National Stroke Association)

By | 2013-06-17T09:00:28+00:00 June 17th, 2013|Categories: Diagnosis Defined, Medical / Therapies|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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Cheryl Bailey
Cheryl Bailey is a freelance/ghost writer who lives North Mississippi. She is the mom of two grown sons the youngest was disabled after a vaccine injury left him without any physical skills or speech. Cheryl now works to advocate for all persons of disability, and frequently writes about life with John, subject of A View in the Mirror. Her other passions include sewing, gardening, and spending time her dog Cindy and any stray cats that choose to call her back porch home. When not working as an advocate for persons with disabilities, she can be found working for Soldiers Angels in support of our troops.

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