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 - 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.