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What are the signs of a stroke?

The symptoms of a stroke depend heavily on the severity of the stroke and where it occurs in a person’s brain. A stroke can result in loss of muscle control or paralysis on one side of the body, slurred or confused speech (words that are unclear or that do not make sense), blindness, confusion, loss of consciousness, or even death. Mild strokes can result in strange skin tingling sensations, smell of smoke or paint thinner, vision changes, visual hallucinations, deafness, severe tinnitus, or odd taste sensations. If you or someone you are with is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, call 911 (or the emergency number in your area).

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