Everything You Need To Know About Blood Clots


Despite the importance of expediting the treatment of stroke patients, its symptoms are not always easy to recognize. Some simple tests may help quickly detect an infection. Every minute affects the life of the patient.


    Every year millions of people suffer from stroke, and the trend of injuries is constantly increasing, as statistics reveal. Since 2010, the number of stroke injuries in Germany, for example, has increased by 10 percent, as revealed by the German Association of stroke patients.


In 83% of cases, patients suffered from a cerebral infarction. Dr. Thomas Kloss, a neurologist and regional representative for stroke assistance, in an interview with the German newspaper "Bild".


The blockage and narrowing of blood vessels comes from vascular calcifications or blood clots, and the result: The brain cannot supply blood properly. 17% of strokes are caused by cerebral hemorrhage, as the explosion of a blood vessel in the brain or its outer layer causes the destruction of brain cells, making it not possible to supply parts of the brain with sufficient blood. The result is neurological deficits such as disturbances of speech and movement, says Dr. Kloss.


But in the case of a stroke, every second of time becomes important to limit and reduce its effects.

The chancees a stroke surviving a stroke raise without permanent disabilities. According to the German Stroke Association, 270,000 people suffer a stroke in Germany every year, and suffer speech or movement problems as a result of it.


In order to know whether or not a stroke has occurred, the so-called FAST test can be used, and this word is composed of the first letters of four words in English:




Arms has two arms


Speech pronunciation




These four words are only the parts that the FAST test depends on, and the average person who has nothing to do with medicine can identify the initial symptoms of a stroke through this rapid test:


Face: Ask the person to smile. If he can only smile on one side, this indicates paraplegia.


Arms: Ask the person to extend their arms forward and turn their palms up. In the case of paralysis, he cannot raise or lower both arms.


Pronunciation: Ask the person to repeat a sentence behind you. If he is unable to do so, or his voice is weak, or if he neglects to pronounce some words or syllables, then the matter indicates a verbal disorder.


Time: If a person is unable to perform one of the three tests mentioned above, ambulance must be called immediately and a description of the symptoms and when they appeared.


However, it remains important here not to provide food or drink to a person suspected of having a stroke, as his inability to swallow could lead to suffocation.