Stroke: Symptoms

Stroke symptoms come on quickly. Drugs are available that can reduce stroke damage, but they must be administered promptly. Have someone call 911 immediately!

Common acute stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, or trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Common post-stroke symptoms:

  • Paralysis on one side of the body (hemiplegia)
  • Weakness on one side of the body (hemiparesis)
  • Lack of awareness of one side of the body or one side of the visual field (hemineglect)
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Trouble talking, caused by facial weakness (dysarthria)
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech, caused by damage to the brain's language centers (aphasia)