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Health & Fitness Stroke symptoms: Five 'sudden' signs of the condition in men and women

19:00  25 september  2021
19:00  25 september  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. There are five key signs to look out for, which happen in both men and women.

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Stroke is a type of cerebrovascular disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in the UK. Stroke accounts for roughly 75 percent of deaths from cerebrovascular diseases, according to the Stroke Association.

There are five signs to look out for in both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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"By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can take quick action and perhaps save a life," the site states.

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The first of the five is, sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.

The second sign to watch out for is sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.

Another is sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Also look out for sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.

Finally, a stroke symptom could be a sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Call for an ambulance immediately if you or someone around you has any of these symptoms.

There are two main causes of strokes. First is ischaemic - where the blood supply is stopped because of a blood clot, accounting for 85 percent of all cases.

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The second is haemorrhagic - where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts.

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People who survive a stroke are often left with long-term problems caused by injury to their brain.

Some people will continue to need some form of care or help with their daily activities.

Stroke does not just affect adults. Every year around 400 children in the UK have a stroke, according to the Stroke Association.

Nonetheless, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of a stroke.

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You can "significantly reduce" your risk of having a stroke by eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising, according to the NHS.

An unhealthy diet can increase your chances of having a stroke because it may lead to an increase in your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

You should limit the amount of salt you eat to no more than 6g (0.2oz) a day as too much salt will increase your blood pressure, according to the NHS.

Regular exercise can also help lower your cholesterol and keep your blood pressure healthy.

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