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Warning Signs & Symptoms

Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. This disruption is caused when a clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you recognize any signs of stroke. Do not wait to see if the symptoms go away – you could delay potentially life-saving treatment.

Symptoms of Stroke

  • Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion or difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Problems with vision such as dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness or problems with balance or coordination
  • Problems with movement or walking
  • Severe headaches with no other known cause

Women vs. Men

Women have a higher rate of disability and death from stroke than men. Why? A new study suggests that women’s stroke symptoms are less typical and may go unrecognized. Women are much more likely than men to report:

  • Headache
  • Facial discomfort
  • Pain in an arm or leg on one side of the body
  • Change in consciousness, such as blacking out
  • Unusual neurological symptoms, including nausea and hiccups

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A TIA, often referred to as a “mini-stroke,” can cause many of the same symptoms as a stroke, but TIA symptoms are transient and last for a few minutes or up to 24 hours. Call for medical help immediately if you suspect a person is having a TIA, as it may be a warning sign that a stroke is about to occur.

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