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What is a non-obvious stroke?

Strokes are pretty easy to diagnose and most people can do it accurately. Most strokes have one of the cardinal features like slurred speech or weakness on one side of the body. But occasionally you might have a stroke, such as in the occipital lobe (the brain’s visual center, located in the back of the brain), which might make you suddenly confused but not have slurred speech or weakness. Occasionally you’ll get a stroke in a part of the brain where it doesn’t give you one of the obvious symptoms. If that happens, fall back on one of the training principles like F.A.S.T. (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911), and if the symptom or symptoms happen suddenly, you should think that it’s probably a stroke.

A non-obvious stroke creates a confusing state, and could be an early sign of a lack of circulation.

A non-obvious stroke is a stroke that doesn't have symptoms, but appears in CT scans later on.

A non-obvious stroke is one in which the person does not experience any obvious symptoms. People with a risk for heart attack and stroke (due to obesity, diabetes, etc.) may have small strokes that do not cause symptoms because of where they occur in the brain.

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