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Stroke

Symptoms and Signs of Stroke

Symptoms of stroke often develop very quickly, although in some cases they may develop over hours or days. The signs of stroke may depend on the type of stroke and the area of the brain that is affected. Generally speaking, however, symptoms include:

  • Sudden weakness
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arms or legs (especially on one side of the body)
  • Confusion
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Vision trouble in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination, and unexplained falls
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sudden, severe headache

Patients suffering a transient ischemic attack may have similar symptoms, although they usually last less than two hours. All symptoms of stroke require immediate medical attention. 

Locations for Stroke