Stroke Warning Symptoms and Signs
How can you tell if you or someone else is having a stroke? Remember to Act
F-A-S-T to save brain tissue. Watch for these stroke signs and call 9-1-1 immediately:
F – FACE drooping, including a lopsided smile or drooping eye, and numbness
A – ARM dangling, including a weak arm that won’t move, and numbness
S – SLURRED SPEECH or words that sound like gibberish
T – TIME to call 9-1-1 for immediate help, and note the time symptoms appeared
It is important to note the time because certain treatments can only be considered within 3 to 4 hours from the start of the first symptom.
Other symptoms that could be stroke, and merit an immediate call for medical help, include:
- Sudden weakness or numbness in the leg, arm or face
- Sudden confusion or difficulty understanding
- Sudden difficulty with sight in either or both eyes
- Sudden difficulty with walking, balance or coordination
- Sudden and severe headache without cause
You should also call 9-1-1 immediately if someone has a TIA – a transient ischemic attack or “minor” stroke. TIA symptoms are similar to a major stroke, although generally short lived. Still, a TIA could indicate that a major stroke might occur, so seek medical attention as soon as possible.