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Learn the many warning signs of a stroke

Act FAST and CALL 911 immediately at any sign of a stroke.

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This information is important to your health care provider and can affect treatment decisions.  

If given within three hours of the first symptom, a clot-buster medication may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke.

Symptoms

Stroke symptoms include: 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Call 911 immediately if you have any of these symptoms. 

Page last updated: 8/13/2013 2:00:37 PM