Do you feel one corner of your mouth suddenly hanging? Is it suddenly difficult to speak, or have you suddenly lost feeling in one arm or leg? Then it’s time to call 911 (or your local emergency number) as it could be a sign of a blood clot in your brain.
The symptoms of a blood clot can often come and go from one second to the next. This makes it important to react quickly, even if you feel well again shortly after experiencing symptoms.
A blood clot in the brain typically manifests itself in the following ways:
- Paralysis in one side of body or face
- Difficulty finding words
- Coordination and balance problems
- Losing half your field of view
- Dizziness accompanied by other symptoms, such as difficulty coordinating your movements
Which symptoms of a blood clot in the brain a patient experiences will depend on which areas of the brain are affected and to what extent.
It Is Vital To Respond Immediately
If you experience symptoms of a blood clot in the brain, it is vital to react immediately and call for help. The faster you receive treatment, the better. Deciding to put off going to the doctor can cause severe disabilities or even cost you your life.
Even if your symptoms begin to subside you should speak with the doctor anyway. It may be a passing blood clot, known as a Transient Cerebral Ischemia (TCI). This is a temporary lack of oxygen in the brain and it can be an early warning sign of a blood clot and as such needs to be checked.