Stroke - Symptoms

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What are stroke symptoms?

When brain cells are deprived of oxygen, they cease to perform their usual tasks. The symptoms that follow a stroke depend on the area of the brain that has been affected and the amount of brain tissue damage.

Small strokes may not cause any symptoms, but can still damage brain tissue. These are referred to as silent strokes. According to The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), these are the five major signs of stroke:

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. The loss of voluntary movement and/or sensation may be complete or partial. There may an associated tingling sensation in the affected area.
  2. Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding. Sometimes weakness in the muscles of the face can cause drooling.
  3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
  5. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
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Comment from: ramaiha, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: January 16

My grandpa is 93 years old and he is suffering from stroke caused by blood pressure and he lost his body balance, right arm motion and speech, but does have some movements in the right leg. Left half of his body works normally, the neurologist said that there was a leak of blood in the thalamus part of the brain. He had the stroke attack 7 days back, presently he is bedridden and the neurologist said he will be in this state as long as he lives.

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Comment from: margaret, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I was out the day before with my family, it was a hot day and I had to buy a hat, for the sun was hot. The next morning I sat at the side of my bed and my mind went totally blank for a second I think. I started choking and my daughter asked me what was wrong. I could not respond properly and was thinking, she should just give me a minute. She said," Mom, we are calling 911, I think you are having a stroke!" She later told me my mouth was funny and I had slurred speech. I had a TIA (transient ischemic attack). My whole life changed, my outlook changed, now three years later I still have left sided weakness, I do Tai Chi 4 times a week, but have lots of hip pain from my osteoporosis. I am still thankful for my daughter being there and knowing what to do. Had I been home by myself, I may not be writing this today! Otherwise I am in great health.

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