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Signs of Stroke

The first signs of stroke come on suddenly.

Signs and symptoms can be some or all of the following

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body – the person might have a drooping mouth, drooping eye, floppy arm or leg
  • The person may have slurred speech, difficulty finding words or understanding what is being said
  • Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight
  • Confusion or unsteadiness
  • Severe headache

Use "FAST"

Check with the Face – Arm – Speech – Test

Three simple checks can help you recognise whether someone has had a stroke or a TIA

F facial weakness. Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

A arm weakness. Can the person move both arms?

S speech problems. Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

T test these signs.

If you see any of these signs, call an ambulance and get the person to hospital as quickly as possible.


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