Stroke symptoms usually appear suddenly, and each person’s symptoms can be different. The warning signs of a stroke are:
Usually weakness and numbness of the face, arms, and legs on one side of the body
Difficulty speaking or understanding
Vision problems, such as blurred or loss of vision in one or both eyes
Dizziness and problems with balance and coordination
Problems moving or walking
fainting or convulsions
Severe headache for no apparent reason, especially if it occurs suddenly
Other less common symptoms of stroke include:
Sudden nausea and vomiting not caused by a viral disease
Short-term loss or alteration of consciousness, such as fainting, fainting, confusion, seizures, or coma
Transient ischemic attack
A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke, can cause symptoms similar to those of a stroke. But the symptoms of a transient ischemic attack pass. It can last a few minutes or up to 24 hours. If you suspect you are having a stroke or transient ischemic attack, seek medical attention immediately.
FAST, which is the acronym for the National Stroke Association, can help you quickly determine if someone is having a stroke.
F (face): Ask the person to smile. Does one side of his face droop?
A (Hands): Ask the person to raise both hands. One arm down?
S (Speech): Have them repeat simple phrases (eg, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”). Is the speech slurred or difficult to understand?
T (time): Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
If you or someone else is experiencing these symptoms, act quickly and call 911. Lost time due to a stroke.