Doylestown Hospital
595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-2200
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Stroke Symptoms


The symptoms of stroke depend on which part of the brain is damaged. In some cases, a person may not even be aware that he or she has had a stroke.

Symptoms usually develop suddenly and without warning. They may be episodic (occurring and then stopping) or they may slowly get worse over time.


Face-     Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile
Arm-      Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms
Speech- Does their speech sound stranger? Ask the person to repeat |
              a simple phrase, for example "The sky is blue"
Time-    If you observe any of these signs, then it's time to call 911
              Stroke is a medical emergency that requires 
              immediate treatment.

              Call 911 if someone is having stroke symptoms.  

Symptoms may include:

- Change in alertness (consciousness) 
- Coma 
- Lethargy 
- Sleepiness 
- Stupor 
- Unconsciousness 
- Withdrawn
- Difficulty speaking or understanding others 
- Difficulty swallowing 
- Difficulty writing or reading 
- Headache 
- Occurs when lying flat 
- Wakes you up from sleep 
- Gets worse when you change positions or when you bend, 
   strain, or cough 
- Starts suddenly
- Loss of coordination 
- Loss of balance 
- Movement changes, usually on only one side of the body 
- Difficulty moving any body part 
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Nausea or vomiting 
- Seizure 
- Sensation changes, usually on only one side of the body 
- Decreased sensation 
- Numbness or tingling 
- Suddent confusion 
- Weakness of any body part 
- Vision changes 
- Decreased vision 
- Loss of all or part of vision