Stroke Symptoms

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Stroke Symptoms

What are the Signs of a Stroke?

Quick treatment can stop some strokes as they're occurring. If you get to the hospital fast, you may be able to walk out of it later with little or no disability.

The emphasis, however, is on fast. You have three hours from the stroke's onset to be given a clot-busting medication called tissue plasminogen activator (TPA).

It is vital to recognize the signs of a stroke. They are sudden and may include:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, often on one side of the body
  • Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble with balance or walking
  • Severe headache with no known cause, sometimes with nausea or vomiting