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:
- 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.
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.