Stroke symptoms occur suddenly. The commonest symptoms are :

  • Facial weakness. One side of the face becomes droopy or the smile becomes crooked suddenly
  • Arm weakness: Difficulty in lifting up the arm. There may be difficulty in lifting the leg or difficulty in walking.
  • Speech: Difficulty with speaking, finding words, or understanding what is being said.

Other symptoms may occur, like

  • Numbness of face, arm or leg on either or both sides of the body
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or drunken-like walking
  • Loss of vision, blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes, double vision
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • Sudden onset of severe headache, with nausea/vomiting