Stroke – General Information

A number of doctors have defined stroke as a cerebrovascular related accident. This definition has however been found inadequate since stroke does not always come as an accident. There are several early warnings and symptoms that are related to stroke. These signs are evident a number of years before stroke reveals itself in a person. It is possible that stroke can occur earlier as a result of poisoning or other infections that accelerate it.

While symptoms of other diseases are easily linked to stroke, there are obvious early warnings that relate directly to stroke. There is need for people world over to understand the signs of stroke so as to cushion themselves from its attack and severity on body organs. Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke is not enough but taking medical action is the best option. The following are the signs and symptoms of stroke

Key Symptom

Transient ischemic attack is one of the major symptoms of stroke. When there is a cut of blood supply in the mind mostly as result of a blocking artery, one experiences a kind of a mild stroke called the transient ischemic attack. Transient ischemic attacks exhibit similar characteristics with stroke only that they do not last long and do not pose any serious brain damage challenge like stroke.

Transient ischemic attacks have come to be termed as the mini-stroke which is a sign of impending stroke. It worth noting that once transient ischemic attacks are reported to the doctor early enough medication can reduce chances of getting a stroke significantly.

Transient ischemic attack can be broken down into the following structured meaning

• Transient – its effects are not permanent and do not last long.

• Ischaemic – this refers to the failure of blood to flow in the mind due to blockage.

• Attack – this is a sudden symptomatic condition that differs across individuals but mainly is due to blood blockage ore strained blood supply in the eyes.

Other Symptoms of Impending Stroke

• Numbness in around the neck and the limbs

• Distorted speech and weakened comprehension

• General body weaknesses and dizziness

• Poor vision and tearing eyes

• Loss of stamina and sudden falls

• Painful throat

• Severe and abrupt headaches

• General confusion and anxiety

• Unconsciousness and regular coma states

The FAST Stroke Test Kit

There is a model dubbed FAST which can be used to recognize and remember sings and symptoms of stroke or transient ischemic attacks. This model involves asking three fundamental questions if encountered with fears of an impending stroke.

FAST is an acronym meaning F: Facial firmness (the key questions to ask are ‘can the person smile? Do they have drooping mouths?’ A: Arm firmness (can the person raise and use the two arms) S: Speech difficulty (can the person speak without any mechanical difficulty?) T: Time to take stern measures (if the test is positive the patient should be given immediate medical attention)


Symptoms of stroke can occur in isolation or as a combination attacking a potential stroke victim in intervals of 24hrs. Medical attention should be taken immediately transient ischemic attacks are detected or experienced.