Out of 30 symptoms of a stroke, how many are we familiar with? We believe, we’d know when someone around us might suffer a stroke and take them to a hospital. But it is not possible in every case. A family shared the story of their father who suffered from a stroke, but none of them were able to figure out about it.
They said that during the Independence day of America, July 4, their father informed them about having trouble in seeing properly through one of his eyes. He explained it, saying, everything was black and white when he looked, using that eye. After a few days, their parents went to the doctor, to get his eyes checked. He was told by the doctor that nothing was wrong with his eyes and at his age of 75, his eyes were rather healthier than others.
The eye specialist did not consider that the problem in his eye sight, that he was complaining about, could be due to deficiency of blood flow to the eye. If he had analyzed the situation properly, it could have indicated a Transient Ischemic Attack, that is a signal of a possible stroke.
The Managing Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Care Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, Koto Ishida said: “It’s difficult to know all the symptoms of stroke, because there are at least 30 possible symptoms and they’re not all specific to stroke.”
Many people do not even know that they are suffering from a stroke. A study revealed that people at the age of 45 and less, do not consider weakening limbs and problem in speech, a reason to visit the hospital. They ignore the symptoms of stroke, thinking it is something normal.
There is no specific age group, who suffer from strokes. Even young people can undergo strokes. According to stats, women between the age of 35-40 are vulnerable to ischemic stroke, and the percentage increased by 30% from the year 1995 to 2008.
High blood pressure and diabetes are known to be the major causes of health deterioration including strokes. If a person undergoes an ischemic stroke, he must be taken to the hospital within 4 hours. A clot bursting medicine known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), must be given to the patient to avoid serious problems.
In case of a hemorrhagic stroke, which causes bleeding within the brain, an operation would be required. Doctor Ishida said: “For every minute that goes by, two million brain cells are irreversibly dead. We’re trying to save your remaining brain.”
During Ischemic stroke, the person doesn’t feel any pain, it is one of the reasons that the stroke goes unidentified. Doctor Ishida mentioned: “Pain is the best motivator to get someone to go to the emergency room in the middle of the night.”