Here are some warning signs and symptoms of stroke which are to be taken seriously.
1. Sudden weakness or numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
If you notice someone is experiencing any of the above symptoms, act F.A.S.T. and do the following test:
F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call for help immediately
The person should be taken to the hospital as soon as possible. The person involve should by no means drive his or herself to the hospital. Ambulance services are better option so medical help can be given while the patient is being taken to the hospital but where not possible, any safe and fast means of transportation to the hospital can be used especially in areas of poor emergency logistics as commonly seen in low income countries
Note that every minutes is very important. Getting medical help less than 3hours after onset of stroke improves chances of better outcome
Recognizing these warning signs of stroke is essential to accessing medical care for early intervention.