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Symptoms of a Stroke

During a stroke, blood stops flowing to part of the brain. This can damage areas in the brain that control the rest of the body. Get help right away if any of these symptoms come on suddenly, even if the symptoms don’t last.

Know the Symptoms of a Stroke
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A sudden feeling of weakness on one side of your body may be a sign that you are having a stroke.

  • Weakness. You may feel a sudden weakness, tingling, or a loss of feeling on 1 side of your face or body including your arm or leg. 

  • Vision Problems. You may have sudden double vision or trouble seeing in 1 or both eyes.

  • SpeechProblems. You may have sudden trouble talking, slurred speech, or problems understanding others.

  • Headache. You may have a sudden, severe headache.

  • Movement Problems. You may experience sudden trouble walking, dizziness, a feeling of spinning, a loss of balance, a feeling of falling, or blackouts.

  • Seizure. You may have a seizure with a large or hemorrhagic stroke. 

REMEMBER: If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 and your doctor as soon as possible.

Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Sweetwood, Jane, RN, MSN
Last Review Date: 11/27/2013
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