Strokes occur quickly and, as such, symptoms of stroke often appear suddenly without warning.
- Confusion, including trouble with speaking and understanding
- Headache, possibly with altered consciousness or vomiting
- Numbness of the face, arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body
- Trouble with seeing, in one or both eyes
- Trouble with walking, including dizziness and lack of co-ordination.
Strokes can lead to long-term problems. Depending on how quickly it is diagnosed and treated, the patient can experience temporary or permanent disabilities in the aftermath of a stroke. In addition to the persistence of the problems listed above, patients may also experience the following:
- Bladder or bowel control problems
- Pain in the hands and feet that gets worse with movement and temperature changes
- Paralysis or weakness on one or both sides of the body
- Trouble controlling or expressing emotions.