Knowing the warning signs of a stroke is important. When a stroke occurs, quick treatment can help save the life of a loved one, as well as preserve their quality of life.
Sudden weakness/paralysis or a numbness sensation of the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body
Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye
Loss of speech, or difficulty speaking or understanding speech
Impaired judgement and thought processes
Sudden severe headaches with no apparent cause, often described as "the worst headache I've ever had"
Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, esepcially when paired with any of the above symptoms
A simple way to remember the warning signs of a stroke is to remember the FAST acronym:
F Face drooping
A Arm weakness
S Speech difficulty
T Time to call 9-1-1
Stroke is an emergency! If you or a loved one experiences any of these sypmtoms, call 911 immediately. Treatment is more effective if started early. Every minute counts when treating stroke. Time is brain.