Stroke Symptoms & Warning Signs

Stroke Symptoms & Warning Signs
Symptoms generally appear suddenly and without warning, and the signs and symptoms of a stroke and a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) are the same.

They include:

  • Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis often down one side of the body, affecting the face, arm, leg or whole side.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or ability to understand what others are saying, or an alteration in speech, such as slurring words.
  • Sudden difficulty with walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Swallowing difficulties.

Other less obvious symptoms include difficulties in perception, thinking, mood swings and personality change. If a stroke is suspected, it is vital to get medical help quickly. The sooner treatment is given the better the odds of a good recovery.

Fast Stroke Test

Face – has their face fallen on one side? can they smile?

Arms – can they raise both arms? and keep them there?

Speech – is their speech slurred?

Time – TIME TO CALL EMERGENCY SERVICES IF YOU SEE ANY ONE OF THESE SIGNS