A stroke occurs when there is a sudden interruption of blood supply to part of the brain causing it to stop working and eventually damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke may be minor and temporary if a small area of the brain is affected, but they can also be devastating and may last a lifetime.
A stroke is a medical emergency. If you think someone might be having a stroke , dial 111 and go immediately to hospital in an ambulance
Common first signs of stroke include:
- Sudden weakness and/or numbness of face,
- Sudden weakness of the arm (and/or leg)
- Difficulty speaking, or lost voice