While many of us are eating and getting our diets right to prevent a future heart attack, we can’t forget about how deadly a brain attack — otherwise known as a stroke — could be. The National Stroke Association reminds us it’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and strikes someone every 40 seconds. While it’s possible to make a full recovery when you have a stroke, most people do not. In fact, more than two-thirds of survivors have some kind of disability associated with the attack.
Much like a heart attack, strokes can happen anywhere, any time, and it all starts when blood flow is cut off from an area of your brain. From here, your oxygen-deprived brain cells start to die, which then causes issues elsewhere or even death. There is good news for us all, however — most strokes can be prevented, and there are plenty of symptoms to warn you when this condition is about to strike.
Learn to act F.A.S.T.
Before we delve into some stroke symptoms you may not be aware of, it’s important to know the basics. There’s an easy way to detect the most common signs with this acronym: F.A.S.T.
“F” stands for face: Is your face drooping? Try to smile while looking in the mirror to see if one side of your face looks as if it’s being pulled down.
“A” stands for arms: Raise your arms. If one arm drifts downward, this is a sign.
“S” stands for speech: Are you slurring your words?
“T” stands for time: If a stroke is on its way, your time is limited. Act quickly and seek emergency care if any of these symptoms occur, as an attack could be well on its way.
As for the not-so-common symptoms, here they are.