These are the symptoms of stroke

A stroke is a brain attack. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

Following are the symptoms of stroke:

  • Vision - Strokes can cause double vision, blurred vision or loss of vision in eyes. But it may not be as well recognised as facial weakness, arm weakness, and speech problems. 
  • Difficulty in speaking - Stroke can impair the ability to express yourself or understand speech. One test: Repeat the phrase “To burn the candles at both ends.” Are you slurring words, using the wrong words, or are unable to speak? If any one of these occurs, there’s a 72 per cent chance you have had a stroke.
  • Weak arm or leg - When you’re having a stroke, it’s common for an arm or leg (or both) to suddenly go weak, numb, or to become paralysed. Often the affected limb is on the side of the body opposite from where the stroke occurred in the brain. Extend both arms (palms up) for 10 seconds. If one arm drifts downward, that indicates muscle weakness, a sign of stroke. 
  • Loss of control - Sometimes sudden dizziness is attributed to a viral syndrome when it can be the sign of a stroke.
  • A severe headache - A sudden, severe headache, perhaps the worst you’ve ever had, is a common stroke symptom. One study experienced headache with the onset of stroke tended to be younger and have a history of a migraine. Women were more likely to have a headache with stroke than men.
  • Facial weakness - Sudden, one-sided facial weakness can be a sign of stroke. Try to smile or show your teeth. If one side of your face sags or doesn’t move, that could mean you’re having a stroke.