What are the symptoms of stroke?
The signs and symptoms of stroke usually come on suddenly. The type of symptoms experienced will depend on what area of the brain affected. Strokes in the left side of the brain affect the right side of the body. A stroke in the right side of the brain results in signs and symptoms on the left side of the body.
Common first symptoms of stroke include:
- sudden weakness and/or numbness of face, arm and/or leg especially on one side of the body
- sudden blurred or loss of vision in one or both eyes
- sudden difficulty speaking or understanding what others are saying
- sudden dizziness, loss of balance or difficulty controlling movements.
A stroke can cause permanent loss of function. Just what functions will be affected and how badly depends on what part of the brain the stroke was in and the speed to and success of treatment. Common long-term affects include impaired vision or speech, severe weakness or paralysis of limbs on one side of the body, swallowing difficulties, memory loss, depression and mood swings.
How can you tell if someone is having a stroke?
By learning to recognise the symptoms of stroke you could save a life! Learn the FAST check.
Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 111 immediately if you find yourself – or see anyone else – suffering from any stroke symptoms. Not all strokes are sudden and incapacitating. The sooner medical attention is received, the less damage a stroke will cause. If you think it's a stroke ACT FAST. Call 111!
Even if the symptoms go away quickly or don’t cause pain call 111 immediately.
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