Symptoms of a stroke

Symptoms of a stroke differ from person to person, but the most commonly reported symptoms are:

Numbness or weakness down one side - ranging in severity from weakness in your hand, to complete paralysis of the whole side of your body

  • Weakness in your face - which can make you drool saliva
  • Dizziness
  • Communications problems - difficulty talking and understanding what others are saying
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Severe headaches
  • Loss of consciousness (in severe cases)

If you think you or someone else is suffering a stroke or 'brain attack', you need to call 999 for an ambulance immediately.