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Stroke Signs and Symptoms

October 2, 2023

If you or someone you know is at risk for stroke, make sure you’re keeping an eye out for any of these symptoms.

A stroke can be a scary thing, but knowing the signs can make a big difference in how well a person recovers. Essentially, a stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is cut off, either because of a blockage or bleeding. When this happens, brain cells can start to die quickly, which can cause a range of symptoms.


The signs of a stroke can be grouped into a few different categories. One is physical symptoms, like sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg. This might happen on one side of the body, and it can come on very suddenly. Another physical sign is trouble speaking or understanding speech, which can be especially concerning if it happens suddenly.


There are also visual signs of a stroke, like sudden blurred or decreased vision. This might affect just one eye, or it could affect both. Dizziness or loss of balance is another common sign, which can make it hard to stand up or walk. And finally, a sudden, really bad headache with no clear cause can be a sign of a stroke, especially if it comes on suddenly.


If you or someone you know shows any of these signs, it’s important to act quickly. The longer a person goes without treatment, the more damage can be done to the brain. So don’t hesitate – call for help right away. Remember, the signs of a stroke can be remembered using the acronym “FAST”: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call emergency services.


It’s important to seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, as prompt treatment can help minimize damage to the brain and improve outcomes. The acronym “FAST” can help you remember the signs of a stroke and take action quickly. “F” stands for face drooping, “A” stands for arm weakness, “S” stands for speech difficulty, and “T” stands for time to call emergency services.


Other less common signs of a stroke may include sudden confusion or difficulty understanding others, sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, sudden severe headache, and sudden difficulty walking or maintaining balance. If you or someone you know experiences any of these signs, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

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