In summary, any sudden loss of any of the senses, particularly sensation, vision, speech, or sudden loss of function, is a sign that you could be having a stroke. For example, an arm or leg may become weak suddenly. These are the most common symptoms of an onset of a stroke. Occasionally, confusion may be the onset of a stroke but this is not common. Also, if someone has an expressive aphasia, which is the inability to speak, this could be misinterpreted as confusion, but is truly a speech problem and can be a sign of stroke.
Dr. Brad Collins is an internist at East Jefferson General Hospital. To make an appointment with Dr. Collins or another physician at EJGH, please contact HealthFinder at 504-456-5000.