In order to function properly, the brain needs blood and oxygen.

If a blood vessel leading to the brain is obstructed, it will start to bleed and can cause an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, dangerous conditions which are often fatal. As with most health problems, the symptoms of stroke are often ignored. Strokes are very dangerous and are currently on the 5th place on the list of leading causes of death in the USA. This is why it’s important to learn how to recognize the early signs of stroke.

strokeHere are the top early symptoms of a stroke:

Headaches and migraines

If you’re experiencing a bad case of migraine or headache for a longer period, you need to visit a doctor immediately in order to rule out stroke.

A sudden onset of fatigue

Extreme fatigue for a prolonged period can be a sign of stroke, but it is often an overlooked symptom. The American Stroke Association suggests following the FAST acronym for recognizing the symptoms of stroke. The acronym stands for:

F – face drooping on one side;

A – arm numbness or weakness in one side of the body:

S – speech difficulty. When a stroke occurs, the lack of blood supply to the brain may cause slurred or garbled speech. You may think that you’re speaking clearly, but if someone says that your speech is garbled, take the symptom very serious!

T – time is of the essence in cases of stroke. Call an ambulance immediately as this step is often the thin line between life and death!

Here are other signs of stroke you should pay attention to:

Vision problems in one eye

Blurred vision or seeing double in one eye is often one of the most overlooked symptoms of a stroke.

Confusion and difficulty thinking

When a stroke occurs, the brain is starved of oxygen and blood which leads to confusion and inability to speak or think properly.