What are the symptoms of stroke?
Specialist Dr John Worthington talks about the most common symptoms of stroke.
A stroke, or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), has symptoms that act as early warning signs.
Symptoms of a stroke or TIA include:
- a numb or weak feeling in the face, arm(s) or leg(s)
- trouble speaking or understanding speech
- unexplained dizziness, loss of balance or falls
- blurred or reduced vision in one or both eyes
- difficulty swallowing
- severe, abrupt or unusual headache
- confusion or unconsciousness.
The best way to remember stroke and TIA symptoms — so you can recognise a stroke straight away and get immediate help — is to learn the FAST test:
Facial weakness – can the person smile? Have their mouth or eyes drooped?
Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?
Speech difficulty – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time to act – act FAST and call 000 immediately.
Stroke is a medical emergency. The quicker you act, the better the chance of recovery.