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Stroke

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StrokeA stroke occurs when normal blood supply to your brain is blocked due to a clot or when there is bleeding into your brain. These result in decreased blood supply to the brain cells which when deprived of essential nutrients start dying within minutes. The symptoms of stroke depend on what part of the brain is damaged and they usually develop suddenly and without warning.

Symptoms

  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg on one side of your body
  • Sudden blurred vision particularly in one eye
  • Sudden difficulty in speaking, drooping mouth or smile
  • Dribbling from one side of mouth
  • Confusion & disorientation
  • Sudden headache
  • Sometimes pulse will be full and throbbing
  • Loss of consciousness

Action

  • Call emergency or get to medical help immediately
  • Reassure and calm the person
  • If conscious, help the person to lie down with head and shoulders slightly raised
  • Encourage the person not to move
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