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Do You Know These Surprising Signs of a Stroke?

By Sara Butler

The University of Oxford just released a study that found most people don’t realize when they’re having a stroke. If you have a stroke, getting medical help as fast as you can is, literally, the difference between life and death. That’s why everyone needs to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke, even the signs that aren’t driven home by public health campaigns. Here are a few of the symptoms of a stroke you might not be familiar with.

The FAST Acronym

Many people are familiar with FAST – which stands for face, arm, speech, time. It’s a public health campaign that hopes to familiarize people with some of the more common symptoms of a stroke. The American Stroke Association states the common symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Arm weakness
  • Facial drooping
  • Speech difficulties

If anyone ever experiences these symptoms they need to get medical help right away. The major problem is people don’t get help when they experience symptoms of a stroke, mostly because they report not recognizing the symptoms of one.

Who’s At Risk?

There are a few things that can increase your risk of having a stroke. Risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of stroke

It’s important to note that not every person who has a stroke has these risk factors, but they’re generally a good guideline.

Surprising Symptoms

There are some surprising symptoms that may clue you into the fact you are having a stroke. If you experience any of the FACE symptoms you should get help, but you should also look for:

  • Sudden vomiting or nausea – If you have classic stroke symptoms with a sudden onset of feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting, get help.
  • Pain on only one side of the body – This can be accompanied by the traditional symptoms of numbness or tingling, but you can also experience pain in the face, arm or leg.
  • Sudden and extreme exhaustion – A very sudden feeling of sleepiness can also be a sign of a stroke. Don’t give into it, though, since getting help quick is very important – you don’t have time to nap.
  • Hiccups – Your diaphragm is controlled by the central nervous system, and if those nerves become irritated due to a stroke, you may have a sudden case of the hiccups.

Most people report symptoms to come on suddenly and often have at least two of the above-mentioned symptoms. If you ever think you may be having a stroke call 911 right away.

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