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
  • Unconscious
  • Confusion

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