The cop everyone thought was drunk on the Delhi Metro, actually had a stroke. While its easy to make fun of his condition without knowing what it is, it’s very important to know the symptoms of stroke and how to handle it. If only someone knew about the symptoms, they could have helped him and he wouldn’t have gone through so much of pain and humiliation. According to the reports that day, Salim (the cop) had a black out, leading to dizziness that sent him crashing to the floor. If the incident has made you wonder what the symptoms of stroke are and how to help a person going through it here’s what you should do to help them:
1. Here’s what the most prominent stroke symptoms are like.
• Feeling of sudden weakness specially in the areas like arms, legs and even face on one side of their body.
• The patient can have difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes.
• Sudden difficulty in walking, dizziness and loss of balance are also the major symptoms of stroke.
• Confusion and difficulty in talking or understanding someone talking to them is one prominent symptom of a stroke
2. Immediately call for medical help.
After detecting all the prominent symptoms, immediately call for medical help. Don’t waste time calling a family member, a friend, or the person’s own physician.
3. Stay with the person throughout.
It is very important to stay with the patient to prevent them form falling or further hurting themselves.
4. Do not offer the person any food or medicine.
Giving food or medicine to someone with this condition could make it worse.
5. Stay cool.
It is important to compose yourself and assure the stroke victim that everything is going to be fine. Reassure the victim that you aren’t going anywhere and that help is on the way.
6. How to handle if you get it while travelling.
If the patient is travelling in a metro or bus, the first thing you need to do is get the vehicle to stop and call for the nearest medical help. Do not try to give any first aid to the patient because that can be fatal. Also try and make the patient calm and assure that he/she will be fine soon.