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How serious is a Stroke?

27 June 2007
A stroke is always serious and can be life-threatening. The symptoms that occur following a stroke depend on the area of the brain that has been affected and the extent of the damage. Some of the symptoms that can occur include:
  • The most common symptom is weakness or paralysis of one side of the body.
  • There may be partial or complete loss of voluntary movement and/or feelings in a leg and/or arm.
  • A stroke can result in speech problems and weak muscles of the face, which can cause drooling. Numbness or tingling is very common.
  • A stroke involving the base of the brain can affect balance, vision, and swallowing functions.
  • A stroke can cause difficulty in breathing and even unconsciousness.
By Astra Zeneca (A community public education information)


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