Our senses can help us out when danger is near. Take for example when we hear someone call for help or smell something that is on fire. But did you know our senses can also help us identify a stroke? Here’s how to use your senses to spot a stroke FAST.
Vision might be impaired during a stroke. The brain controls eye movement, which may produce double vision. As cameras, the eyes normally move simultaneously. Now, one eye sees one thing, and the other sees another, making you see double. A stroke may cause a painless loss of vision in one eye due to insufficient blood flow to the rear of the eye.
So if someone says they lost vision in one eye for a while that got better, there would be worry that their carotid artery is blocked by plaque or insufficient blood flow. They say it’s painless but feels like a shade falling over their eye. After a few minutes, the shadow gently rises, and they can see clearly.
When patients suffer a stroke, they can lose their peripheral vision. It may return or stay. That should be tested.
Stroke seldom causes hearing loss. We sometimes meet patients with ringing in their ears and imbalance after a stroke, but severe hearing loss is rare. Speech involves language and articulation.
Am I comprehending? Are my words available? A stroke victim may have aphasia. That suggests they’re having trouble finding words, comprehending your words, or both.
The brain is misinterpreting their native language, so it sounds strange. Patients or friends will comment, this person’s confused. Their condition is unknown. They’re not confused—they simply don’t grasp what’s being said or can’t explain themselves.
That seems like uncertainty, but it’s a stroke victim suffering linguistic issues. The brain functions uniquely. The left brain controls the right side, right brain controls the left side.
For instance, a simple line like “the cat raced up the tree” may sound different or be misunderstood. Sometimes it’s hard to express yourself. It’s hard to speak if you have severe facial weakness on one side. It may seem you’re drunk or slurring, but you’re not. Thus, a stroke requires immediate assessment.
This is intriguing since, unlike other senses, the scent is seldom compromised with a stroke. This is because the sense of smell involves both sides of the brain. That it involves both hemispheres of your brain. So even if you lose part of your brain on one side, you still have the other. Hence, the sense of smell is often unaffected.
Stroke may sometimes alter the tongue’s ability to taste and smell. The involvement of nerves responsible for tongue movement and taste perception is essential. Although this symptom is very uncommon, we do see it sometimes. Your risk of stroke and the ability to reduce that risk are strongly influenced by the foods you choose to eat. Fast eating, meals heavy in salt or sodium, and foods with very high cholesterol levels all increase the risk of stroke.
Plaque or several blockages surrounding the artery will form if a person has very high blood cholesterol levels. Once again, if you see your arteries as pipes or plumbing, you’d prefer that they be clear and unobstructed. Cholesterol will wrap itself tightly around the blood vessels, cutting off blood flow to the brain and increasing the risk of a stroke if it is present.
A damaged right side of the brain may cause numbness in the face, arm, or leg. Experiences vary. Numbness, tingling, or dysesthesia may occur in different places of the body. Thus, people may mistake a little touch for a burn or heavy pressure. Thus, the brain is misinterpreting pain. Some strokes affect coordination. After a stroke, patients may develop one-sided weakness. Thus, one side of the body is damaged.
Again, left-sided brain problems may cause weakness in the face, arms, and legs. Thus, when asked to elevate their arm, many may struggle or be unable to do so. Paralysis prevents movement. Some individuals experience more pain in their arms than legs, while others feel it more in their faces. However, sudden paralysis on one side may indicate a stroke, requiring rapid medical intervention. Transient ischemic attacks (TIA) temporarily impede cerebral blood flow.
TIA cause temporary blood supply loss. Where someone has symptoms that don’t persist and says, “Oh, I don’t know what it was, but I’m delighted it’s done.” TIA? It suggests cerebral blood flow is causing symptoms, but not long enough to cause major harm.
CAT scans and brain MRIs cannot detect damage since the blood has returned and symptoms have vanished. Time is the most important factor in detecting a stroke; therefore, we want people to learn a stroke warning term. We advised swift action.
Fast—F-A-S-T—indicates stroke symptoms. Face – If someone smiles asymmetrically, it may indicate a stroke. Arms – Ask them to stretch. If they can’t, it might be a stroke. Speech – You want a short message or communication. Stroke symptoms include impaired speech and trouble comprehending. Then Time. Call 911 for stroke emergencies. If you get to the hospital quickly, we can identify and treat a stroke quicker. F-A-S-T.