According to the American Heart Association, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds and kills someone every four minutes. Claiming 795,000 new stroke victims each year, strokes are the second leading cause of death around the world.

Although there has been a recent decline in people who have strokes, those numbers appear to be hovering. Part of the reason why is the steady climb in obesity, which Columbia University says puts people at a greater risk for having a stroke.

But what if you are doing everything you can to stay healthy, including eating right, exercising, not smoking and avoiding alcohol? Can these positive behaviors and habits prevent a person from having a stroke?

Not always so that’s why it’s important to pay attention to any subtle or not so subtle symptoms your body is having. Although we are all different, there are sometimes similar indicators that your body might be telling you that a stroke could be on the horizon.

Take a look at the helpful video below and make sure to contact your doctor if you’re unsure of any unusual recent symptoms.

A Pounding Headache That Comes On Suddenly Could Be Something Bigger

An intense headache that comes out of nowhere should be taken seriously.

High Blood Pressure Is Also A Major Warning Sign

High blood pressure can damage your brain and cause cerebral hemorrhaging.

Paralysis Hypoglycaemia

Paralysis that occurs on one side of the body is a strong indicator that a stroke is imminent.

If You Or Someone You Know Might Be Having A Stroke, Refer The FAST Test Below:

F = Face: Is one side of the face drooping down?
A = Arm: Can the person raise both arms, or is one arm weak?
S = Speech: Is speech slurred or confusing?
T = Time: Time is critical! Call an ambulance immediately!

Pay Attention These Warning Signs: