Health Watch -- Stroke: Symptoms

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about stroke. Many of the deaths and disabilities caused by strokes could be prevented with prompt treatment. That's why Dr. Mark Johnson, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it's important to learn the symptoms of stroke so you'll know when you should seek help. A stroke usually doesn't cause pain, so it may not feel like an emergency.

One of the key symptoms is a sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. You may also experience sudden confusion and difficulty speaking or understanding other people. Another symptom might be sudden trouble with vision in one or both eyes.

Next: More stroke symptoms to look for.


September 2006

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