Stroke Symptoms

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Signs of a Stroke

Warning signs you may experience include:

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden blurry or decreased vision in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding simple statements
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
  • Sudden and severe headache with no apparent cause

If you or someone you know shows signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Symptoms of an AVM or Subarachnoid hemorrhage

Symptoms may appear similar to stroke symptoms, with variations, including: 

  • Seizures
  • Headache, especially on one side of the head
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of movement on one side of the body
  • Lightheadedness
  • Unable to perform movements, but not due to loss of movement
  • Loss of coordination, especially when walking
  • Sudden, severe back pain, stiff neck or shoulder pain
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding language
  • Loss of senses
  • Visual problems
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty thinking or mental confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech or other speech disturbance

How We Diagnose Stroke

A doctor will look for for muscle weakness, visual and speech problems and movement difficulty.

Images may be taken of your bodily structures:

  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • CT angiogram (CTA)
  • Doppler ultrasound
stroke symptoms may make your eye and lips droop

Think F.A.S.T.

Seeing these symptoms in someone? Think F.A.S.T.:

  • Face — an uneven smile, one side of the face drooping
  • Arm — one arm is weak
  • Speech — slurred speech
  • Time — call 911 at once