Definition of what stroke is has remained a great source of debate in modern discourses in medicine. While a number of experts have defined stroke as an accident in the cerebrovascular others have argued that it is does not strike as accidentally as their counterparts put it. The view that stroke does not strike as an accident has received a lot of backing. There are a number of early warnings and signs of impending stroke which can be used to manage the disease early enough to mitigate its destructive value. Many of these symptoms are noticed years before stroke releases its wrath on its potential victim.

Studies have shown that stroke sometimes occurs as a conspiracy of many other diseases and their symptoms. It is important for all people to ensure that symptoms that are easily linked to stroke are reported and medical attention accorded. Early medication goes a long way in ensuring that the destructive value of stroke is adequately contained. The following are the symptoms and early warnings of stroke.

Major Symptoms

Transient ischemic attack is one of the major symptoms of stroke. When there is a cut of blood supply in the mind mostly as result of a blocking artery, one experiences a kind of a mild stroke called the transient ischemic attack. Transient ischemic attacks exhibit similar characteristics with stroke only that they do not last long and do not pose any serious brain damage challenge like stroke.

Transient ischemic attacks remain the most obvious symptoms of impending stroke. These attacks, popularly known as the mini-stroke attacks, are caused by blockage of blood veins and arteries in the brain due to debris and breakages. 

Transient ischemic attacks are not permanent and only last a few minutes before they cool down. As noted, once blood flow is blocked in the veins and arteries, the brain may receive these mild tremors which do not, however, pose a great threat to the normal functioning of the brain. There is need, though, to take decisive measures and seeking a doctor’s advice before they escalate to become serious health concerns. 

Other Symptoms

There are various symptoms that can be related to stroke. These symptoms do not necessarily mean that a person is inclined towards getting a stroke but are a signal that they need thorough screening for stroke. They include;

•             Loss of senses around the neck and the limbs

•             Diffuclty in speech and reduced capacities of comprehension.

•             Persistent body weakness and fatigue

•             Reduced vision power

•             Weak joints and constant loss of balance when walking

•             Difficulties chewing and swallowing

•             Sudden severe headaches

•             Anxiety, unconsciousness and loss of concentration


Self-Examination for Stroke

Medical practitioners have designed a self-evaluation strategy that can be used to identify impending stroke tendencies. The self-evaluation strategy requires one to ask a number of questions regarding certain states of the human body. This strategy is captured in the acronym FAST. The model is defined below;

 F: Face status ( ‘can the suspected victim smile with ease? Are the eyes or the mouth drooping?)

A: Arm status (can the two arms be used actively?)

S: Speech state (is there ease of articulation or victim experiences mechanical limitations?)

 T: Time to decide (if it turns out that F is yes, A is no and S is no, there is need to act fast and see a doctor)