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Stroke Signs and Symptoms

Stroke Symptoms

Every stroke is different and the symptoms relate to the specific area of that brain that is affected.

Signs and symptoms include:

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

If you think someone is having a stroke, remember this 60 second test:

F.A.S.T.:

F -  FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop (uneven)?

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

S - SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, 'It's sunny out today.' Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T - TIME If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest stroke center or hospital. Remember to note the time you started seeing symptoms.

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