What is Stroke?

The following is a direct excerpt from the NHS Choices.. 

A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

NHS Choices website

Warning Signs of Stroke:

A stroke is a medical emergency

If you think you are having a stroke, dial 999 immediately. Limiting the damage from a stroke is important to your chances of recovery.

Recognising the signs and symptoms of a stroke

The signs and symptoms of a stroke vary from person to person but they usually begin suddenly. As different parts of your brain control different parts of your body, your symptoms will depend upon the part of your brain that has been affected and the extent of the damage.

The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

· Face: the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped

· Arms: the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift one or both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness

· Speech: their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake

· Time: it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms

Symptoms in the FAST test identify about nine out of 10 strokes.

Other signs and symptoms may include:

· numbness or weakness resulting in complete paralysis of one side of the body

· sudden loss of vision

· dizziness

· communication problems, difficulty talking and understanding what others are saying

· problems with balance and coordination

· difficulty swallowing

· sudden and severe headache, unlike any the person has had before, especially if associated with neck stiffness

· blacking out (in severe cases)