Stroke – Signs and Symptoms

Stroke is one of the top 5 causes of death and a major cause of disability.  A stroke occurs when part of the brain cannot get blood (and oxygen) supply resulting in death of the brain cells causing loss of body function like speech, vision or muscle movement.

Classification of Strokes

Strokes can be either

  • Ischemic Stroke (where the blood flow to the brain is obstructed due to a blood clot or an embolism or atherosclerosis also known as thickening of the artery)
  • Haemorrhage Stroke (where there is a bleeding due to a burst aneurysm or a ruptured blood vessel associated with hypertension)

Click to view MHAS video on Stroke

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

The symptoms of the stroke depends on which part of the brain is affected by the loss of blood (and oxygen) supply.  The symptoms can be some or all of the following;

  • Severe headache
  • Giddiness or loss of balance
  • Sudden onset of confusion
  • Blurred vision or double vision
  • Facial muscle weakness with saliva dribbling on one side
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the hand, arm or leg muscles

These are the warning signs of impending or possible stroke.  The outcome of treatment for stroke is usually better when treatment is started early. 

See a doctor at a Hospital with an Emergency Department near you

as soon as possible. 

Disclaimer. TELEME blog posts contains general information about health conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. 

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention from your doctor or other professional healthcare providers. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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