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What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Symptoms of stroke depend upon what are of the brain has stopped working due to loss of its blood supply. Often, the patient may present with multiple symptoms including the following:

  • Acute change in level of consciousness or confusion
  • Acute onset of weakness or paralysis of half or part of the body
  • Numbness of one half or part of the body
  • Partial vision loss
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Difficulty with balance and vertigo

The symptoms of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke may be the same but patients with hemorrhagic stroke may also complain more of headache and vomiting.

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Comment from: AJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I was extremely dizzy, tried to balance myself and saw that the right side of my body was collapsing under me. It lasted about 15 seconds. I took aspirin right away and went to the emergency room on advice of my nurse. Bloodwork and CT were normal. I started working about 6 months ago. It took me a while to get used to being on my feet 8 hours a day. Past few months I have had leg aches and cramps at night.

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Comment from: Molly, Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I woke up Sunday with a severe headache on the right side, took a couple of Aleve tablets which didn't help. Finally I got in to my doctor on Monday and he sent me to the emergency room for a CT scan. I was diagnosed with a stroke. I was fortunate in that it didn't affect my speech or motor skills. However I lost vision in the left side of both eyes with instructions of no driving. My stroke was not caused by a blood clot, but to be safe I was put on a heart monitor for a month to see if I had atrial fibrillation which can cause blood clots and I do. I am now on a blood thinner.

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