In today's world strokes are very common and thanks to advancements in medicine, more and more people are surviving this experience, which can often be shocking and unnatural. One of the main reasons for this is the increased awareness among individuals. Indeed, when someone experiences a stroke time is everything, and being able to identify the early signs of a stroke can truly be life saving. A stroke in men does not differ from a stroke in women. Yet studies have shown that men in particular, have less knowledge about the symptoms that accompany a stroke than women. This might perhaps be because 55,000 more women suffer from strokes per year than men. But when 160,000 people in the world are killed by a stroke per year, it is clear that everyone should be fully informed about the signs of strokes.
A stroke occurs as a result of a lack of blood flow to the brain which often then leads to a clot or the rupturing of a blood vessel. This is often treatable if identified early on. The signs of stroke in men can sometimes differ, but there are a number of key symptoms to look out for if you believe a male you know might be suffering from a stroke, namely, disorientation or confusion, an inability to speak and a lack of control over bodily functions. Firstly, the man may seem dizzy, disorientated or confused with no visible reason why. They are also unlikely to be able to speak properly, slurring their words or being completely unable to talk. The lack of blood flow to the brain will also affect a person's ability to control their body actions and it is possible that they collapse shortly after the stroke occurs. Other symptoms might also be present with a stroke in men or women, including trouble controlling eye movement, a feeling of extreme exhaustion, throwing up or numbness of the legs or arms.
If you witness any of these symptoms then there is a simple test to see if the person in question is indeed having a stroke. Just remember to act F.A.S.T. F.A.S.T is a universally used simple test to determine if someone is having a stroke and stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time
Check to see if the man can make a specific facial expression. Can he smile?
Can the man control his arm movements? Ask him to raise them above his head.
Can the man speak properly. Ask an easy question and check to see if he answers with slurred speech, if at all.
It is recommended that if any of these signs are observed then the emergency services should be contacted immediately, as it is likely the person in question is suffering from a stroke. Time is of the essence in these circumstances, and being able to identify a stroke in men, and react quickly is crucial.
Everyone should keep themselves informed about the signs of stroke in men and women.
Remembering these symptoms and being able to act F.A.S.T. could potentially save a life. Ensure that you remember this simple information; it could be extremely useful one day.