Subtle Stroke Symptoms To Never Ignore

May 17, 2021
Subtle Stroke Symptoms To Never Ignore

In America, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. But if you're not sure what causes a stroke, chances are that you won't know how to recognize stroke symptoms either. It is especially important to be aware of subtle stroke symptoms as they might be easily overlooked.

Not sure how to spot the signs of a stroke?

When it comes to subtle hemorrhagic stroke symptoms you should never ignore, we can help. Take a look at what you need to know below.

Key Stroke Symptoms 

You might be wondering: "What is a stroke?"

First of all, it's important to know that each stroke results in a loss of almost 2 million neurons. And every hour that you leave your stroke untreated, your brain will age several more years.

Plus, those who refuse to receive any treatment at all will most likely experience the following symptoms too:

  • Speech difficulties
  • Memory loss
  • Behavioral changes

Fortunately, you have much more effective treatment options the earlier you catch your stroke. Not only can this improve your chances of recovering fully, but it can also reduce damage as well.

One of the main reasons that patients delay stroke treatments is denial. But sadly, simply waiting for your stroke to go away isn't always the best choice. 

In addition, it's crucial to know that there are two different types of strokes too -- ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. While ischemic strokes disrupt the blood flow to the brain, hemorrhagic strokes rupture the blood vessels in the brain.

More Stroke Symptoms 

It's essential to understand that vision problems are a big sign of an oncoming stroke. This includes everything from:

  • Seeing double
  • Blurriness
  • Sight loss

That's because blocked blood vessels can cause the amount of oxygen that goes to your eye to become more limited, resulting in vision problems that may not come with any other symptoms. This could be an issue in either an individual eye or both eyes. 

Besides this, suffering from constant leg or arm numbness might also be a sign of a stroke. Sometimes, it's only a compressed nerve to blame, but other times, we highly recommend that you call an ambulance if the feeling doesn't go away after several minutes. This can even happen to those suffering from mini-strokes, which can lead to brain bleeds and small artery ruptures as well.

Finally, slurred speech is another big sign of a potential stroke. This is particularly true if you are experiencing mini-stroke symptoms without taking any medications. Lastly, beware of signs that your face looks asymmetrical because you may be suffering from "stroke face droop."

Final words: If you're suffering from stroke symptoms, we encourage you to see a physical therapist to support your recovery!

Spot the Signs of Hemorrhagic Stroke 

Don't know how to spot the signs of a hemorrhagic stroke?

From speech difficulties and memory loss to behavioral changes, there are so many crucial signs to catch before a stroke hits!

Curious about how to manage post-stroke symptoms?

Ask us about our rehabilitation therapy programs today!