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Numbness in the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side) is a symptom of stroke.


A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a specific part of the brain is blocked by a clot or the vessel carrying the blood bursts. Without enough blood reaching the brain, the tissue can become damaged or begin to die.

Symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side)
  • Confusion or trouble speaking and understanding others
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

If a person experiences one or more of these symptoms, they should call 9-1-1 immediately to prevent brain damage or death. May is National Stroke Awareness Month. To learn more about stroke, including how prevention can save lives, click here.

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