Stroke is a leading cause of death in the world, especially in developing countries like Nigeria.
It is likely to worsen over the years according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In Nigeria every five of 1000 persons suffer from the symptons of stroke.
What is stroke?
A stroke occurs when there is a disruption of blood flow to the brain, either due to a blocked blood vessel (ischemic stroke) or bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). This interruption deprives the brain of oxygen and nutrients, leading to damage or death of brain cells. Strokes can result in various neurological symptoms, including sudden numbness, weakness, confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty walking. Seeking prompt medical attention is crucial for effective treatment and minimizing potential long-term consequences.
1 Difficulty walking: Sudden loss of coordination or someone having difficulty walking; finding it hard to maintain balance when walking
2. Speech problems:
Difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or speech loss; the person seems to be chewing his words.
3. Facial changes
Muscle weakness or numbness, including
numbness or weakness of the limbs
Blurred vision, double vision, sudden visual loss, or temporary loss of vision in one eye
5. Balance disorder, difficulty swallowing, headache, inability to understand, mental confusion
Whenever you notice any of these signs, it’s important to seek medical help immediately for you or for the person. Time is a critical factor in stroke treatment, so prompt action is essential.