Stroke symptoms: The 5 less common signs to take seriously


Even if you don’t think you’re at high risk of stroke, a stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK. So, knowing the symptoms of the deadly attack could save a life. You may have heard of the FAST acronym to help you remember the main symptoms of stroke, but these aren’t the only symptoms you need to be aware of. Here are the five less common signs to be taken seriously.

A stroke can happen to anyone of any age, at any time.

While there are some things that increase your risk of stroke (smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, excessive alcohol intake, lack of exercise and stress), it’s not possible to completely prevent strokes.

You can’t totally rule out a stroke either. For example, you’re more likely to have a stroke over the age of 55, but a quarter of strokes happen to younger people.

Knowing how to spot the signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else and what to do is vital.

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If you experience any of these symptoms, call 999 straight away (even if they’re not accompanied by the FAST test symptoms).

If the symptoms disappear while you’re waiting for the ambulance, it’s still important to go to the hospital for an assessment.

Acting quickly will give the person having a stroke the best chance of survival and recovery.

Ambulance paramedics are trained in treating strokes and will ensure the person receives emergency medical care and specialist treatment.


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