- Sudden numbness or weakness on the face, in the leg or arm – especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, the inability to speak or understand
- Problems with one or both eyes
- Difficulties walking, dizziness, loss of coordination
- A severe headache that appears suddenly without reason
There may be no difference in symptoms between the 2 types of strokes, but either way, the wrong approach in treatment can kill the patient. That’s why it’s very important to call a doctor immediately to be diagnosed correctly.
Other symptoms that require you to visit a doctor
- A headache that leads to vomiting or the loss of a sense of direction
- The tenseness of muscles in the back of the head
- Darkening of the eyes
- Looking at one spot for a long time for no reason
These signs may indicate a stroke or other health problems.
What you should do if you suspect someone is having an ischemic stroke
- Ask the person to smile. Check if one side of the face looks strange.
- Ask the person to raise both arms. Check if one of the arms is on the same level as the other.
- Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence or poem. Check if the person pronounces the words clearly and correctly.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should get the person to a hospital immediately. The only way to reduce the negative consequences of a stroke is to help the person within the first hour.
Even doctors sometimes can’t identify the reason for a stroke right away. If you notice any of these symptoms in your relatives or even a total stranger, call an ambulance and before they arrive, do as the dispatcher says.