If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Stroke is a Medical Emergency
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time when symptoms first appeared. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member. Have an ambulance take you to a hospital that is a stroke receiving center right away.
Designate Stroke Receiving Centers
Stroke Warning Signs or Symptoms
Signs or symptoms for stroke seen in both men and women may include sudden:
- Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Additional stroke signs or symptoms common in women may include sudden:
- Face and limb pain.
- General weakness.
- Chest pain.
- Shortness of breath.
*Signs/symptoms compiled from the National Stroke Association.
If You Think Someone May Be Having a Stroke, B.E. F.A.S.T:
B – BALANCE: Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
E – EYES: Are there sudden vision changes?
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.
Every minute counts for stroke patients and knowing how to B.E. F.A.S.T. can lead patients to the stroke treatments they desperately need. 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 when symptoms first appeared.
Designated Stroke Receiving Centers