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Questions and answers aboutstrokes

Here are some questions people often ask. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to email us at firstaid@redcross.org.uk or use this form.

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How can I help the person if they are frightened or anxious?

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Stay calm and let them know that help is on the way. Help them sit or lie down and reassure them while you wait for the ambulance. 

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What other signs and symptoms could someone having a stroke have?

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Other signs and symptoms include:

  • dribbling
  • numbness
  • blurred vision
  • a sudden severe headache
  • difficulty maintaining balance
  • dizziness or feeling lightheaded
  • difficulty expressing themselves or understanding other people.
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Why do people have signs and symptoms like a drooping face, a weak arm and slurred speech when they have a stroke?

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Strokes are caused by an interruption in blood supply to the brain. Brain cells become damaged and begin to die, which affects the body’s functions. This may result in facial or limb weakness (sometimes only in one limb and sometimes down one side of the body).

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