Signs and symptoms

Strokes happen suddenly and have an immediate effect on the body. A stroke may cause numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body. It may cause slurring of speech and difficulty in finding words or understanding speech. Some people lose their sight or have blurred vision, and others become confused or unsteady. The symptoms of ischemic stroke are different depending on which blood vessels in the brain are affected.

Suspect a stroke? Act F.A.S.T. (insert final campaign FAST graphic)

This simple test can help you recognize the signs of a stroke:.
F – Facial weakness:
Can the person smile?
Is their mouth or an eye drooping?
A – Arm weakness:
Can the person raise both arms?
S – Speech problems:
Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
T – Time to call 999 immediately