Anticoagulation UK

Stroke

Stroke symptoms

Signs may vary from person to person and symptoms will depend on which part of your brain has been affected by a clot or bleed:

  • Face – may drop on one side and eye and mouth may have drooped
  • Arms – inability to move arms due to arm weakness or numbness
  • Speech – slurred, garbled or unable to talk
  • Inability to move or use your arm and leg on one side of the body
  • Loss of vision
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Sudden and severe headaches, your  medical history – any stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA) known as a 'mini stroke' or a heart attack previously suffered put you at higher risk.

You can help to prevent stroke as many risks can be reduced by making changes to lifestyle in terms of exercise, stopping smoking and maintaining a healthy diet and weight.

Recognise the symptoms using the FAST test

FACE weakness:

Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

ARM weakness:

Can the person raise both arms?

SPEECH problems:

Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

TIME to call 999

For more information:

What is a stroke