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Recognising the Signs of a Stroke

Stroke is a Medical Emergency

Learn to recognise the warning signs of a stroke and get medical attention as soon as possible if you or someone you care for develops any of the symptoms from the list below:

You may experience sudden;

  • numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body
  • confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • severe headache with no known cause
  • loss of consciousness

If you or someone else develops any of the problems mentioned above you should take it seriously.  If you are worried call your doctor for advice. During normal working hours, it would be sensible to contact your doctor in the first instance. 

Out of hours you should call NHS24.  NHS24 is linked with the Glasgow Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) the Scottish Ambulance Service and Glasgow's Accident and Emergency Departments and can pass patient information directly to the services.

NHS24 number is 111

If the problem becomes urgent or someone loses consciousness, dial 999 for an ambulance immediately.

Phone 999 if the problem becomes urgent

One common symptom that worries many people who have already had a stroke or a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) is headache.   A headache may have been a problem for some people who have had a first stroke, but having a headache is not necessarily a sign that a stroke is happening again.  If you are worried, speak to your doctor about it.