A stroke can happen to anyone of any age at any time.
I quite literally thank God that this kid and coach had enough sense to not just “shake it off” or “tough it out” and to seek immediate medical attention. Thanks to those quick actions and getting medical attention rapidly, I bet he makes a great recovery. However, it sounds like their thinking the cause may be a severe angiospasm– a clamping down of the small blood vessel muscles. I have certainly never heard of such a thing causing a stroke. That would have be severe and systemic, because the brain has several large vessels feeding it, so a local or one small area spasming wouldn’t get that kind of reaction. Interesting case. Wish I was on it!
While we’re here on emergency brain health, let’s review those basic signs/symptoms of when you’re brain is telling you to go the emergency room:
1. Suddenly going numb or weak
2. Sudden blurry vision or seeing double
3. Sudden dizziness that won’t go away
4. Sudden severe headache or headache combined with a new symptom
5. Sudden loss of vision in 1 or both eyes
6. Sudden loss of hearing
7. Sudden loss of speech
8. Sudden bolts of shock-like pain
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Those are fairly non-specific. Strokes happen very frequently– one happens every 40 seconds and every 4 minutes, someone dies from one. So knowing the usual signs of a stroke is something EVERY Joe Schmoe Public human being should know.
This kid in the story had the facial drooping and the slurred speech, so he had a fairly typical stroke. Brains are like real estate: the number one rule is location, location, location. Meaning that depending on where the damage is, there may be different symptoms. These are the most common, however.
Please share this with everyone you know. It may save someone’s life. Maybe even yours!