Stroke Symptoms 

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Early signs and symptoms of a stroke

Headache, dizziness and confusion are some of the milder symptoms of stroke. If the blot clot causing the problem moves on, or dissolves on its own, symptoms may disappear as quickly as they came. Some strokes are only diagnosed because of cumulative effects of multiple mini-strokes.

However, more severe signs of a major stroke typically manifest in difficulties with speaking, problems with vision, or sudden numbness or paralysis in the face or limbs on one side of the body.

According to the National Stroke Association, use the FAST test to remember warning signs of stroke.

F = FACE : Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = ARMS : Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = SPEECH : Does their speech sound slurred or strange?

T = TIME : If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately. (source: National Stroke Association – Stroke 101 Fact Sheet)

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