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When a person has a stroke, their likelihood of full recovery decreases and the risk of permanent brain damage increases with every minute without medical attention. After a stroke, an estimated two million brain cells die each minute. Recognizing the signs of a stroke is vital for one to have the best possible outcome.

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1. Weakness

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face can be a warning sign of a stroke. If someone has trouble raising their arms when asked or has a drooping smile, they may be having a stroke. Generally, the event will affect only one side of the body. A stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain will affect the right side, while a stroke in the right hemisphere will affect the left side.

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