Are You at Risk of a Stroke?
Stroke is one of the most common causes of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. This disease affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. If a stroke occurs and blood can’t reach the brain, it can leave permanent damage to movement, sight and cognitive function. It is essential to recognize the signs of a stroke and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Stroke Warning Signs
Learn how to recognize a stroke FAST:
Face: Drooping on one side of the face
Arms: Weakness or numbness in one arm
Speech: Slurred speech
Time: Saving time saves brain cells
If you notice one or more of these signs in yourself or someone else, don't wait! Stroke is a medical emergency. All stroke symptoms are sudden. Do not ignore symptoms even if they go away.
- Call 911. Care can begin as soon as the ambulance arrives.
- Check the time so you'll know when the stroke started.
- On the ambulance, and again at the hospital, say, “I think I’m having a stroke.”
Sometimes other symptoms can appear with the FAST signs. These symptoms include:
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no cause.