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What is a stroke?

A stroke is caused by a sudden interruption of the flow of blood to the brain. Stroke is an emergency - if you suspect a stroke dial 999

Know the warning signs and Act FAST

The warning signs are usually a loss of movement or control on one side of the body. The person’s face may drop on one side, they may be unable to raise both arms and their speech can become slurred. Taking rapid action can make a massive difference to how fully a person will recover.

You can find out more about “Stroke – Act Fast” here www.nhs.uk/actfast


Other, less common, indications of stroke may include the sudden onset of:

  • Paralysis of one side of the body
  • Loss or blurring of vision 
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty understanding what others are saying
  • Problems with balance & co-ordination 
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Sudden and very severe headache
  • Loss of consciousness

For more see www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke/symptoms/

Bristol After Stroke is registered in England and Wales under charity number 287554 at The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 9JN. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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