Stroke Sign #2: Facial Paralysis
Our faces have 43 separate muscles, all of which are operated by our brains. Whether we smile, frown or use any other facial expression, it is a result of our brains sending signals to those muscles according to our mood. During a stroke, though, the brain loses its ability to control these muscles and facial paralyses will occur.
Facial paralysis is among the most compelling indicators that a stroke has occurred. Ask the person to smile and, if they are unable to do so, call an ambulance immediately. Even if a stroke is not the cause, then there is still very likely to be something seriously wrong. It is not uncommon for stroke victims to recover the use of their face muscles but facial paralysis permanent in many cases.