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Common Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Attack or Stroke
(From the American Stroke Association)
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you or someone you love has one or more of these signs, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance can be sent for you.
If given within four and a half hours after the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability due to stroke.
You may experience one or more of these symptoms and they may go away, but you still need to seek medical help. If it's not a brain attack it could have been a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is less serious than a stroke, but you'll still want to be evaluated by a physician.
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