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Ischemia, Cerebral

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Symptoms and Signs of Cerebral Ischemia

Symptoms of cerebral ischemia are similar to those of a stroke and vary based on the part of the brain that is affected by the lack of oxygen, as well as how long the oxygen deprivation lasts. The following symptoms may last only briefly or may persist. Some of the common symptoms and signs of cerebral ischemia are:

  • Confusion
  • Coordination problems
  • Difficulty understanding what others are saying
  • Dizziness
  • Inability or difficulty moving facial muscles
  • Slurred speech
  • Sudden strong headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vision problems
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness on one or both sides of the body


Reviewed by: Dr. Philip E. Stieg
Last reviewed/updated: October 2020