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.

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Face. Arm. Speech. Time. When it comes to stroke, think FAST.

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.

  1. Call 911. Care can begin as soon as the ambulance arrives.
  2. Check the time so you'll know when the stroke started.
  3. 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.
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