Did you know that before a person experiences a stroke, he or she often displays certain behaviors and tell-tale warning signs? Becoming aware of these signs is a great way to prepare yourself in the event that you or a loved one experience a stroke and require immediate stroke care. Here is our guide to spotting the warning signs of a stroke:
Slurred Speech and Difficulty Speaking
One of the most obvious signs that a stroke is imminent is difficulty speaking or slurred speech. If you notice that your loved one is not making sense because he or she is disoriented or confused or the words that he or she is saying are slightly jumbled or incomprehensible, then immediately check for other stroke signs and contact your stroke care professionals.
A Sudden Loss of Coordination Skills
Individuals who are vulnerable to having a stroke in the immediate future may also demonstrate a loss of coordination skills. You may notice that a friend or loved one cannot balance, is dizzy, or finds it difficult to walk a short distance. He or she may also express that moving around comfortably is difficult because of a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes.
Numbness or Weakness in One Side of the Body
Finally, one of the most telling signs of a stroke is the sudden loss of feeling or control of one side of the body. This feeling of numbness or weakness may be present in the arms, legs, torso, or the face. Be sure to report this sensation to a Sarasota spine care and stroke care specialist, mentioning in particular which side of the body was affected.
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be at risk of having a stroke, then contact the caring doctors here at the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. We offer a quality stroke care program and are equipped with an excellent emergency room that can provide stroke patients with the care they require. To learn more about our hospital's services, call (888) 685-1596 today.