Call 911 if you notice the sudden appearance of any of these symptoms:
- Numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs, often on only one side of the body
- Trouble speaking or understanding what others are saying
- Vision: Problems seeing with one or both eyes, or sudden double vision
- Dizziness: Loss of balance or dizziness
- Trouble walking: Problems with movement or walking
- Severe headache that comes on suddenly with no known cause
Other symptoms of stroke:
- Sudden nausea, vomiting, or fever not caused by a viral illness
- Brief loss or change of consciousness such as fainting, confusion, seizures, or coma
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA), or "mini-stroke"
A TIA can cause many of the same symptoms as a stroke, but TIA symptoms can 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. Not all strokes, however, are preceded by TIAs.
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