Preventing stroke before it’s too late Preventing stroke before it’s too late

Stroke is also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), cerebrovascular insult (CVI) or brain attack. Learn about its symptoms to prevent serious repercussions. Some of its clearest symptoms include difficulty speaking, a tingling sensation and a lack of coordination.

For the Spanish Stroke Federation, this condition occurs when the brain does not receive enough blood. It is similar to a heart attack, but it affects the brain instead.

As the federation explains, strokes often become severe as the result of a lack of knowledge or not being able to identify their warning signs. In most cases, the condition has a series of symptoms. It is critical to be able to identify them, as the onset of severe brain damage can take place hours later and they can be avoided or reduced if action is taken on time. Some warning signs include:

1. Sudden problems with moving. There will be a notable loss of strength or mobility in the upper or lower limbs (arms or legs), in the face or on one side of the body.

2. Numbness or a tingling sensation. This appears as a sudden block of feeling or reduced ability to feel in any part of the body (face, arm, or leg).

3. Intense headache. The onset of a strong and abrupt headache.

4. Difficulty speaking. Pronunciation or word order problems.

5. Loss of balance. A clear feeling of instability. Oftentimes, the person falls to the ground without explanation.

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