What are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is the first step to ensuring medical help is received immediately. Each minute a stroke goes untreated, blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked. This could mean that a person’s speech, movement, memory and more can be affected.

By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can take quick action and perhaps save a life – maybe even your own.

What are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

Stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache without known cause

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone else displays any of these symptoms.

How to Spot Stroke Symptoms

By acting F.A.S.T., you can help a loved one get the stroke treatment they need, and even save a life. The treatments that work best are available only when the stroke is identified and diagnosed within three hours of the initial symptoms. Stroke patients may not be medically eligible for some treatments if they are treated for symptoms too late.

If you believe someone may be having a stroke, follow this simple test:

F – Face:  Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

A – Arms:  Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm drifting down to the ground?

S – Speech:  Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does their speech sound slurred or strange?

T – Time:  Call 9-1-1 right away if you see someone with any of these symptoms.

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