Symptoms of Stroke

Stroke symptoms appear suddenly. Watch for these stroke symptoms and be prepared to act quickly whether for yourself or someone else by calling 911.

  • 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

Recognizing Stroke Symptoms—B.E. F.A.S.T.

How can you determine if someone is having a stroke? Remember to B.E. F.A.S.T. by doing this test.

Does the person have trouble walking or was there a sudden loss of balance?

Does the person have blurry vision or trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

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

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

Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

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, B.E. F.A.S.T. and call 911.