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    Symptoms of a Stroke

    Symptoms of a Stroke

    Symptoms of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) happen quickly. A stroke or TIA may cause:

    • Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.
    • Sudden vision changes.
    • Sudden trouble speaking.
    • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
    • Sudden problems with walking or balance.
    • A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.

    A stroke is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention.

    Last Revised: January 3, 2013

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology

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