Most people are conditioned to recognize the common symptoms of a stroke, such as vision changes, speech issues, and facial and arm paralysis. Although these symptoms are usually a good indicator that someone needs stroke care , they are not the only signs that a stroke could be occurring. Being aware of the more uncommon stroke symptoms will help you recognize them in yourself of someone else. Because every second counts when it comes to stroke care, taking action to get treatment as soon as possible can save brain tissue and lives.
What are some uncommon stroke symptoms?
For many people, stroke symptoms can be mild and nonspecific. Some of the symptoms that could indicate a stroke that are easy to overlook include:
- Balance difficulties
- Behavioral changes
- Full or partial seizures
- Grip strength changes
- Foreign language syndrome
These symptoms don’t always indicate that a stroke has occurred, but they do mean that someone should be evaluated in the ER, so that treatment can begin, if necessary.
Who is most likely to have uncommon stroke symptoms?
Anyone can experience these kinds of stroke symptoms, although they may be more common in younger stroke patients and those having hemorrhagic strokes. Younger patients who experience these symptoms can be even more at risk, since they are less likely to think they could be having a stroke, so they are less likely to seek emergency care quickly.
How are these kinds of strokes diagnosed?
For patients who seek emergency care, these strokes are diagnosed in the ER the same way strokes with more traditional symptoms are, through imaging tests and lab tests. The treatment is also the same.
As explained in the video, sometimes patients don’t find out that they have had a stroke until they undergo imaging tests for another condition. For instance, a patient seeking care for chronic headaches may have a brain scan that reveals areas of stroke damage.
During a stroke, every second treatment is delayed is a second in which more brain tissue is being attacked. Go immediately to the ER at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center for treatment at our Nevada Neuroscience Institute , a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center. More information about our stroke care program in Las Vegas is available by calling (702) 916-5023.