Stroke Symptoms

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The best way to reduce your risk of long-term effects from stroke is to act F.A.S.T.

The more quickly you get to the hospital, the better your chances of getting treatment which can affect outcomes.

Signs of a Stroke 

You can help recognize the signs of someone having a stroke by using this acronym:

StrokeBEFASTgraphic

B.E.F.A.S.T.

Balance: Watch for sudden loss of balance

Eyes: Check for blurry vision

Face drooping: Look for face drooping

Arm: Check for arm weakness

Speech: Listen for speech difficulty

Time: Call 9-1-1 right away

Other warning signs that you are having a stroke include:

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden blurry or decreased vision in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
  • Sudden and severe headache with no apparent cause

What to do if you think someone is having a stroke:

Immediately call 911. Check the time, so you know when the first symptoms appeared. In the early period, ischemic stroke may be treated with a “clotbusting” drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. This may be given up to four and a half hours of stroke onset, however, administration of tPA will be based on individual risks of complications.