Stroke - Symptoms

The symptoms of a stroke caused by an embolism usually appear suddenly and are most intense right after the stroke occurs. With a thrombosis, the stroke comes on more slowly. In either case, symptoms include:

  • Blurring or decreased vision in one or both eyes
  • Severe headache, often described as "the worst headache of my life"
  • Weakness, numbness, or paralysis of the face, arm, or leg. These symptoms usually occur on one side of the body only
  • Dizziness or loss of balance or coordination

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