Warning Signs of a Stroke
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
- Impaired swallowing
- 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.