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:
- "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!
- "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!
- "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!
- "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!