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
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.