World Stroke Day: Here are the symptoms that should alert you, and how to react

sometimes baptized “stroke”, the AVC corresponds to a sudden loss of one or more functions of the brain, because of the obstruction or the rupture of a blood vessel in this one. It is the leading cause of acquired disability in adults. More than 80% of strokes are caused by a clot blocking an artery in the brain, while the other cases are due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

To guard against any complications, it is imperative to be very vigilant in the face of the first symptoms. So be attentive to a possible deformation of the mouth, a lip drooping on one side, preventing the person from smiling. A feeling of sudden weakness or numbness may then be felt on one side of the face. Also be careful in case of loss of strength or numbness of an arm or a leg, and difficulty in expressing oneself or understanding an interlocutor. Loss of balance, intense and brutal headaches and vision problems, even temporary, should also alert.

On its site, Ameli even offers a mnemonic device to know how to identify a CVA and react to it: remember the formula FAST, V for Paralyzed face, I for Impossible to move a limb, T for Speech disorder and E for Avoid the worst. , calling the emergency services.


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