Our brains are constantly busy and require a lot of oxygen and other nutrients to operate. This is supplied by veins and arteries but sometimes, whether due to a blockage or a haemorrhage, this supply of blood can be halted. This is known as a stroke and is a very serious situation.
One of the aspects of a stroke that makes them particularly dangerous is that they can go unnoticed until it is too late. The victim’s chances of surviving and making a recovery rise significantly, though, if they are taken to a hospital quickly. If you are able to identify the symptoms of a stroke, then you are in a better condition to recognise the problem and seek help.
Stroke Sign #1: Laboured Speech
Our brains are responsible for sending the messages that enable us to speak. When the brain is adversely affected, its ability to process speech is inhibited, leading to very laboured speaking. The victim might have slurred speech that sounds as though they are drunk, or maybe they will struggle with an uncharacteristic stutter. They can also struggle to form sentences as though they have forgotten even everyday words.
If you are with somebody that is experiencing difficulty in speaking for no apparent reason, you should seek emergency medical assistance straight away. It is not uncommon for stroke victims to recover their speech, at least partly, in the months following their stroke.