Patients can experience what’s known as aphasia, or an impairment in the ability to speak, read, or write.
3. Blurred vision or loss of vision
Having a stroke can also affect the nerves that send information from the eyes to the brain. This means that a stroke could cause a sudden onset of blurred vision, or even complete loss of vision depending on how severe the stroke could be.
Blurred vision or loss of vision is never normal, and it would be best to go to the doctor immediately if this happens to you.
4. Severe headache with no known cause
One stroke and silent stroke symptom that is more common is experiencing a severe headache with no known cause.
In particular, if a stroke affects the vertebral and basilar arteries, or arteries supplying blood to the back of the brain, a person experiencing a stroke could have a sudden and severe headache.
This is also known as a “thunderclap headache,” and is usually described as having the worst headache of your life.
5. Numbness in the face, or one side of the body
Numbness is another possible sign that a person might be having a stroke. A feeling of numbness, especially in one side of the body, happens when the part of the brain gets damaged.
What numbness in the left side could mean that the right side of the brain has been affected, and numbness in the right side could mean that the left side of the brain has been affected.
6. Difficulty swallowing