What Are The Symptoms Of A Stroke? [video]

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What are the symptoms of a stroke?

A stroke is a medical condition where blood flow to the brain becomes blocked. This results in brain cell damage which can be severe or even fatal. The symptoms of a stroke are extremely varied and depend on which part of the brain is affected. For example, if a hemorrhage occurs in the temporal lobe of the brain then the patient's memory may be impaired. This is because the temporal lobe is where the memory is controlled. However, there is a way to remember the main stroke symptoms. That is the word FAST, which stands for face, arms, speech, and time.

F: The face can often droop to one side during a stroke.
A: The person having the suspected stroke may not be able to lift one or both arms.
S: Speech may become slurred or unintelligible despite being awake.
T: T is for time—time to call 999 right away.

Other stroke signs can include numbness or weakness down one side of the body, loss of vision, trouble with balance, dizziness, and a difficulty swallowing. If you believe you or someone near you is experiencing a stroke then make sure to call an ambulance as soon as possible. The faster a stroke is treated, the higher the chance of a full recovery.

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