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having a stroke

symptoms of a stroke

The symptoms of stroke usually come on suddenly as they are caused by an abrupt interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain. When this happens it only takes a few seconds for that part of the brain to stop functioning. It should always be treated as a medical emergency.

Symptoms include any of the following:

  • Weakness of the face, arm, and/or leg on one side of body
  • Numbness in the face, arm, and/or leg one side of body
  • Inability to understand spoken language
  • Inability to speak
  • Inability to write
  • Vertigo and/or gait imbalance
  • Double vision
  • An unusually severe headache