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Stroke Symptoms

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

Recognizing Stroke

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, time is critical. Call 911.

Use the F-A-S-T acronym to recognize a stroke:

Face: Try to smile. Is one side of the face drooping?

Arms: Try to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?

Speech: Try to say or repeat a simple sentence. Are your words slurred? Can you speak correctly?

Time is critical: Call 911.

Causes and risk factors