Spot signs of a stroke

The faster you get help for a stroke, the bet­ter your chances of a com­plete re­cov­ery, says health writer Karen Even­nett

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Spot the SignS The most com­mon and well­known symp­toms of stroke are slurred speech and weak­ness down one side – your face may droop, and you may have trou­ble us­ing one side of your body.

“But there is a wide range of other pos­si­ble symp­toms” says Dr Terry Quinn, a stroke re­searcher and con­sul­tant at Glas­gow Royal In­fir­mary. “A stroke can oc­cur any­where in your brain and its lo­ca­tion will in­flu­ence your symp­toms. You could find that you are talk­ing jib­ber­ish – even though you think you are speak­ing nor­mally. Or you could think that other peo­ple are talk­ing non­sense, when they are not.” Some peo­ple lose their abil­ity to read – be­cause that part of their brain is af­fected, caus­ing writ­ten words to ap­pear jum­bled. If your per­cep­tion is af­fected, you could even think that one half of your body be­longs to some­one else. A sud­den and se­vere headache could also be a sign.

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