A blood clot caused by atrial fibrillation can led to stroke
What are some common symptoms of a Stroke?
270,000 people in Germany suffer from Stroke yearly. More than 80% of those affected are over 60 years old; however, Stroke can also affect younger adults and even children.
The symptoms of a Stroke vary greatly based upon which region of the brain is affected, and its severity. Some possible symptoms include:
- Facial numbness
- Drooping of the mouth or paralysis of half of the face
- Difficulty of speech (unclear speech, repetition of words or syllables, long pauses, or loss of speech altogether)
- Diminished expressiveness (unable to name objects/wishes, or to express oneself meaningfully)
- Difficulty understanding (improperly follows instructions)
- Disturbance of vision (blurry, double or reduced vision)
- Paralysis or numbness of one side of the body
- Severe dizziness
- Difficulty walking
- Severe headache (sudden onset, typically associated with bleeding in the brain, often in combination with nausea and vomiting)
- Loss of consciousness
If a stroke is suspected in either yourself or someone else, Emergency personnel should be notified immediately, so that the long-term effects can be minimized.
Which factors increase the risk of Stroke?
The factors that increase the risk of Stroke are based not only upon genetics and age, but also upon lifestyle and other medical disorders. The risk increases with inactivity, poor nutrition and smoking.
Other risk factors for Stroke include:
You can influence your health and decrease your risk of stroke by leading a healthy lifestyle.
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