Stroke is recognized as one of the most dangerous conditions, which requires immediate medical care. Nearly 80% of all cases refer to ischemic strokes. They happen, when arteries, which normally supply brain with oxygen-rich blood, get blocked. Vessels may be narrowed by fatty plaques, accumulated on the lining, or may be plugged by the clots that traveled from another part of your body.

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In more rare cases blood vessels in the brain burst, leading to blood leakage. This is called hemorrhagic stroke.

Nobody is 100% protected from this potentially disabling disorder. However those, who smoke, don't move enough, drink too much alcohol and don't manage their chronic conditions properly, have much higher chances to get it.

Healthcare specialists notify that it's extremely important to seek medical help promptly, if you've suspected stroke occurrence in yourself or in beloved one. Time is brain. So, the longer is the period between first stroke symptoms and getting treatment, the more neurons die.

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Actually sometimes your body can send you warning about stroke hazards in advance. It's mainly about ischemic stroke, in which arteries get narrowed gradually.

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When fatty plaque grows large, but not enough to stop blood flow completely, a person may experience so-called mini-stroke (or transient ischemic attack).

In TIA, patient has stroke-like symptoms, which last only few minutes, and then go away.

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People often ignore these warning signs and try to delay appointment with medical professional. It's a really dangerous decision. In most cases, TIA precedes full-blown stroke. So it could be possible to prevent it, if not ignoring warnings.

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There is a wide variety of symptoms, which may indicate this life-threatening condition. They depend on the affected region, size of damage and type of stroke. The most common signs include:

#1. Uneven smile, when one part of the face is drooping

#2. Sudden numbness and tingling in the arms or legs (usually occur on the one side of the body, like in left arm and left leg)

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#3. Unbearable headache that is not similar to any other headaches in your past

#4. Difficulty seeing with one or two eyes, even you had a normal vision before

#5. Poor coordination, loss of balance

#6. Trouble speaking and/or understanding speech

#7. Lightheadedness, fainting

#8. Uncontrolled eye movements

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If noticed one or more of these symptoms in your beloved one, act FAST. This abbreviation means F-face, A-arm, S-speech and T-time. Doctors say that remembering this sequence can save a life. So what to do?

Ask a person to smile. Is this smile even or not?

Then ask him or her to raise the arms. Does one of the limbs drift down?

Pay attention on the speech. Ask the individual to repeat simple words. Is it possible for a person?

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Don't delay to call emergency, when the first symptoms become apparent. Remember that the earlier a person gets high-quality treatment, the higher are chances of full recovery.

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