6 Signs Someone Is Having A Stroke And What Actions To Take

A stroke can be devastating and deadly1. Understanding the signs of a stroke is extremely important so that help can be administered as soon as possible. The damage is caused by an interruption of the blood supply to the brain2. Make sure to know these classic stroke symptoms and take action: 1. Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes 2. Weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including the face 3. Difficulty speaking 4. Sudden disorientation, confusion or memory loss 5. Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination 6. A severe headache that comes on suddenly with no apparent cause The National Stroke Association has devised the FAST checklist (see "Act FAST") to help determine whether a person is having a stroke3: If the answer to any of the questions below is yes, there's a high probability that the person is having a stroke. (F)ace: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? (A)rms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? (S)peech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Does he or she fail to repeat the sentence correctly? (T)ime: If the answer to any of these questions is yes, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying. If they are unable to complete one or more of the steps above without difficulty, contact 911 immediately. If possible, take note of the time when the symptoms appeared and give a description of the symptoms to the emergency responders. A study from 2009 showed that B vitamins may help prevent a stroke from happening in higher-risk people4. B vitamins lower blood levels of a compound called homocysteine. The risk of heart disease and stroke is increased when a person has high blood levels of homocysteine. To make sure you are getting enough vitamin B, we recommend taking NATURELO’s Plant-Based B Complex to hit your daily intake.