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Stroke Unit

A stroke is characterized by sudden or rapidly developed brain damage symptoms, which may manifest differently, since they are related to the location and area of damage. The patient may be having a stroke if he/she has one or several of the following signs:

Sudden insensibility, weakness or feebleness in the face, arm or leg, particularly in one side of the body.

The most frequent symptom is weakness of one side of the body – feebleness, numbness and/or insensibility in the arm and leg. Dropping of an eye and mouth corner on one side of the body. Feebleness in one limb is less frequent. Weakness of one side, which is usually more explicit in the arm rather than in the leg, may be present. Limb weakness is possible in both sides of the body.

Sudden confusion and difficulties with talking or understanding the words said by other persons.

Weakness of the right arm and leg is often accompanied by speech disorders. These may include inability to talk, but do not affect the ability to understand the words said by other persons. Other speech disorders, which may manifest as inability to understand the words said by other people and express oneself in comprehensible way, may be also present.

Sudden eyesight disorders in one or both eyes, double vision.

Sudden difficulties with walking, dizziness, loss of balance and coordination.

Sudden movement coordination disorders in the arm and leg, balance disorders that may be combined with dizziness and/or vomiting. Sudden swallowing disorders may develop.

Sudden strong headaches for no reason.

Rare occasions are sudden strong headaches, memory and consciousness losses, and unconsciousness, particularly in case of haemorrhage in the brain or between meninges.

If you notice any of these signs, you should act immediately. A stroke is a medical emergency condition.

If there are suspicions that a person next to you is having a stroke:

  • Immediately call the emergency medical assistance service – 113;
  • Ask to transport the patient to the hospital where a Stroke Unit is operating or specialized treatment is provided to a patient with stroke;
  • The patient that is having a stroke is to be examined and treated immediately. Any delay may result in greater probability that the brain damage will be constant and the risk of disability or even death will be higher.

Timely started thrombolysis (three to four hours after a stroke) reduces brain damages and eliminates neurological deficit, while thrombectomy may be effective up to six hours after the stroke.

Clinic of Neurology and Neurosurgery of Riga East Clinical University Hospital (2 Hipokrāta Street, Riga, LV-1038);

Clinic of Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission: 67041002, 67041002,

registration: 67000610

The Stroke Unit provides assistance to patients 24/7.


Last update: 2015.04.30 - 10:55