It is important to note that stroke is one of the leading causes of death with over thousands of cases in a year. Some cases in which proper care could not be given can often be fatal. Stroke occurs once the blood supply to the brain is disrupted as a result of an aneurysm or an abnormal widening of a blood vessel due to weakened walls of the blood vessels. Always bear in mind that stroke often results to lasting disabilities but if the symptoms are recognized early, advanced medical technologies can help minimize the damage.
As long as early recognition of the condition is detected as well as prompt treatment, the condition can be prevented from resulting to lasting disabilities.
Coordination and balance
The usual symptom before an aneurysm ruptures is loss of balance as well as coordination. An aneurysm develops as a result of blood that concentrates in a particular blood vessel, usually around the arteries at the base of the brain. The vessel slowly fills up or abruptly until a rupture occurs.
A rupture is indicated by a drop in the blood pressure, lightheadedness and rapid heart rate which further affects the coordination and balance. An abrupt difficulty in walking or dizziness with loss of balance indicates a stroke or an aneurysm that has not ruptured. In such cases, it is vital to seek immediate medical care to prevent the progression of the symptoms.
Numbness and weakness
Abrupt numbness or weakness on one side of the body indicates that an individual is experiencing a possible stroke. The individual should raise both arms over his/her head. If one arm starts to fall, this can indicate that a stroke is occurring.
Facial drooping on one side is also an indication of a stroke or a carotid artery aneurysm. Other indications of numbness on one side include drooling on the affected side of the face as well as closing of the eye due to involuntary contraction of the muscles.
Changes in speech/sight and headaches
Abrupt changes in speech such as inability to form sentences or slurring is a usual symptom of a stroke. Blurry or double vision as well as dilated pupils are also present at the start of a vessel rupture. In addition, an abrupt or unusual headache along with pain in the face, eyes or neck can indicate a potential stroke. In some circumstances, there might also be vomiting, nausea and an altered level of consciousness.
Once an individual experiences any of the stroke symptoms after ending up with a ruptured aneurysm, it is vital to seek immediate medical care for proper treatment of the condition as well as preventing the symptoms from progressing.