Stroke is the fifth leading cause of deaths in America today, and kills more than 16 million people around the world every year. The chances of getting a stroke increase with age, however it is becoming more and more indiscriminate in this day and age.

This, however, has a lot to do with the lifestyle of people today. 75 percent of stroke survivors come out of the experience with some or the other disability.The biggest problem faced by someone suffering a stroke is the inability to recognize what is happening to them. Family as well as near and dear ones are most often unable to identify the symptoms. With the disease most prevalent in senior citizens it makes it all the more important to keep a keen eye out for any signs of this deadly disease.

Quickly recognizing the signs of a stroke can save an individual’s life. It can help them stave off a potentially fatal disease and come out of it unscathed. The average age for stroke has reduced over the last decade or two. This is primarily because of the hurried lifestyles we lead these days and our over dependence on fast food. Exercise has almost been eliminated among children and we are seeing the rise of a peculiarly sedentary lifestyle in an age where technology can help everyone stay healthy.

There have been cases where drugs administered by doctors have burst a clot when a stroke was in progress. However, it once again points to identifying the cause at the earliest possible stage.

Here are the five symptoms that can point out a stroke:

1.Numbness

If the patient displays any sudden numbness or lack of feeling in their arms, face, legs or on any single side of the body then it could be the sign of a clot that has reached the brain.

2.Lack of coherence

Someone afflicted by a stroke will suddenly appear confused.They will often display a great amount of difficulty talking and understanding what is being said. Their comprehension skills will be at a low ebb, this is one of the biggest telltale signs of a stroke.

3.Loss of vision

If someone has suddenly lost the vision in one eye then it could mean that the clot is pushing on one of the optic nerves. This can also cause blurred vision or double vision.

4.Lack of coordination

A stroke often leaves the patient badly coordinated when it is happening. The individual will not be able to walk. They will be feeling dizzy and will have little to no sense of balance.

5.Headache

A sudden onset of a piercing headache can often be a harbinger of ill omens. If a headache arrives without any apparent reason it could be a stroke. If it continues or increases in intensity it is advisable to go to a doctor and get checked.

One of the best ways to save the millions dying of a stroke every year is to spread the word on the symptoms of this very fatal disease. The more people know how to identify the disease the faster they will seek treatment and maybe it will lead to lesser people suffering the aftereffects.

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