Stroke symptoms are sudden. They require immediate management.

It is therefore important to know the main symptoms of a stroke in order to benefit quickly from an appropriate management and treatment.

These symptoms can be many:

  • Sudden onset of speach difficulty  or unability to be understandable to others (aphasia);
  • Sudden paralysis or numbness on one side of the face;
  • Sudden paralysis or numbness of one arm or leg (hemiplegia);
  •  Sudden loss of sight (often in only one eye) or split vision;
  • Sudden loss in balance or movement coordination.

The type of symptom depends on the location of the brain injury. Most people have a combination of diverse symptoms.

The sudden occurence of one of these symptoms must lead to the immediate call of the EMERGENCY (911 in the US), to quickly refer the stroke patient to a proper structure, most often a Stroke Unit, for urgent management and appropriate treatment.

It is critical that medical management of a stroke patient be initiated within 3 hours of the symptom onset. Not having the proper reaction can waste a lot of time and affect the patient’s prognosis. This is why it is important to know and recognize the symptoms of stroke to immediately call the Emergency that will regulate the patient’s transport to the hospital and, as much as possible, to a Stroke Unit. Without this call, the patient may loose a precious time that should rather be dedicated to a more proper management.

IMPORTANT: Even if the symptoms go away, it is extremely important to visit a doctor for necessary tests and diagnosis.