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Warning Signs

Watch this short video from the American Heart Association to learn more about how to spot the warning signs of stroke.

warning signs of a stroke

There are a few warning signs that everyone should be aware of:

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

During a stroke, these symptoms may not appear together or at the same time.

IF YOU RECOGNIZE ANY ONE OF THESE SYMPTOMS, ACT FAST BY FOLLOWING THESE F.A.S.T STEPS:

  1. "F" stands for FACE.  Ask the person to smile.  IF the face is droopy on one side, it may be a sign of possible stroke.  CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
  2. "A" stands for ARM.  Ask the person to raise both arms.  If one arm drifts down, or has no resistance to it, it may be a sign of possible stroke.  CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
  3. "S" stands for SPEECH.  As the person to say a simple phrase.  For example, "the grass is green."  If their speech is slurred or you have trouble understanding them, it may be a sign of possible stroke.  CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
  4. "T" stands for TIME.  For the best possible outcome, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT MUST OCCUR WITHIN 3 HOURS OF SYMPTOM(S) ONSET.  CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!