Symptoms of Stroke

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Most brain functions are located in well-defined areas. So the symptoms of a stroke are influenced more by the location of reduced blood flow than by its cause. Stroke should be suspected when faced with:

man with half body paralyzed

Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body.

Man walking with difficulty

Trouble walking.

Man with inability to speak or with difficulties

Difficulty talking.

Man with inability to see

Visual disturbances, such as loss of sight in one eye or one side of the visual field, or double vision.

While a sudden and very intense headache can be a symptom, strokes generally occur without any pain. This is one of the reasons why their diagnosis is often delayed. The person suffering a stroke may not be aware of the problem and so someone close to them must realise what is happening and seek help.

Substantiated information by:

Ángel Chamorro
Arturo Renú
Antonia Fernández
Xabier Urra

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 8 August 2018

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