When speaking of a fit and healthy 17-year-old army cadet, the very last thing you think about may be stroke. However, you never know what is going to happen.
Two days ago, Ben Littlewood suddenly collapsed in the kitchen of his home while preparing food for his family. Eight days later, he died in hospital. Since he was only 17, doctors didn't realize he had suffered a stroke at first. But it turned out that he turned his head quickly, which led to an ischemic stroke.
How does a stroke occur?
An ischemic stroke can occur in two ways: embolic stroke (an embolus in either the heart or neck arteries) and thrombotic stroke (a blood clot or thrombus in an artery supplying blood to the brain). Once the blood vessel is blocked, the brain cells begin to stop working and may die.
Doctors believe that Ben turned his head too quickly, which caused an artery to tear and sent a blood clot to his brain.
"This is very rare in the population, let alone in someone of Ben's youth," said Coroner Chris Morris. "By the time this Ischemic stroke was finally diagnosed there were no realistic treatment options and he tragically passed away."
According to the data from the internet stroke center, nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. But it is worth noticing that stroke does occur at ANY age. So, don’t let the fluke mind stumble yourself. Strokes can be around the corner. What we need to do is to learn how to deal with it when it occurs.
What are the symptoms?
If you have any of these or notice someone with these, call 911.
—trouble in speaking or understanding
—sudden numbness or weakness in face, arm or leg
—sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
—sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
—sudden severe headache with no known causes
Bear F.A.S.T. in mind
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to memorize the warning signs of a stroke.
F. stands for face — ask a person to smile, if one side of the face drops, it’s a stroke.
A. stands for arm — ask a person to raise both arms, if one arm drifts downward, it’s a stroke.
S. stands for speech — ask a person to repeat a simple phrase, if it’s slurred or strange, it’s a stroke.
T. stands for time — if you observe any of these, call 911 immediately. Never wait to see the symptoms go away or not. Every minute counts.
Go to Stroke Risk Calculator to see your risk of developing a stroke.
You can also go to Stroke - Symptoms, cause, treatment, prevention, home remedy to see others things you need to know about strokes.
Read the information carefully and keep it firmly in mind. And let’s hope we will never ever put it into practice.