Signs and Symptoms of Stroke


stroke graphicThe following are the most common symptoms of stroke. Patients experience symptoms differently. If any of these symptoms are present, call 911 (or your local ambulance service) immediately. Treatment is most effective when started immediately.

Symptoms may be sudden and include:

  • Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion or difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Problems with vision, such as dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness or problems with balance or coordination
  • Problems with movement or walking
  • Loss of consciousness or seizure 
  • Severe headaches with no other known cause, especially if sudden onset

All of the above warning signs may not occur with each stroke. Do not ignore any of the warning signs. Even if they go away, take action immediately. The symptoms of stroke may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis. 

To read more about stroke symptoms visit the Saint Peter’s Better Health Library. 

Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a designated Primary Stroke Center by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.  To be designated a primary stroke center, a hospital must have, among other criteria, a specialized stroke team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The facility must have computed tomography (CT) scanning or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities and a laboratory equipped and available to perform testing 24/7. It must also have acute (sudden-onset) rehabilitation services and access to a neurosurgical team, and must have a transfer agreement with a comprehensive stroke center to provide long-term rehabilitation and neurosurgery, if not available at the facility.




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