Stroke Warning Signs & Symptoms
Potentially life saving medication can be administered within three hours of the sudden symptom onset to reverse stroke. If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear.
Every minute counts for stroke patients and acting F.A.S.T. can lead patients to the stroke treatments they desperately need.
If you think someone may be having a stroke,
F – FACE: Does one side of the face droop when the person smiles?
A – ARM or Leg Weakness: Does one arm/leg drift downward when raised?
S – SPEECH: Is their speech slurred or strange?
T – TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Know the Warning Signs for Stroke*
Signs or symptoms for stroke seen in both men and women may include:
Additional stroke signs or symptoms common in women may include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg -- especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden face and limb pain
- Sudden hiccups
- Sudden nausea
- Sudden general weakness
- Sudden chest pain
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Sudden palpitations
*Sings/symptoms compiled from the National Stroke Association.
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