Stroke symptoms appear suddenly. Watch for these stroke symptoms and be prepared to act quickly whether for yourself or someone else:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble talking, or understanding speech
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.
Can you recognize the stroke symptoms? Remember to think and act F.A.S.T. by doing this test.F
= Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A
=Arm Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S
=Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or
=Time If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1. Studies show stroke
patients who arrive at the hospital by ambulance receive quicker treatment than
those who arrive on their own.
If you think someone may be experiencing stroke symptoms, act F.A.S.T. and call 911. Learn more about: What is a Stroke? Types of Strokes Stroke Effects and Evaluation Stroke Treatment Stroke Prevention