Signs of Stroke
Stroke is an emergency! Knowing the signs of stroke and what to do can help you get the care you need in the time you need it. If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of your face, arm or leg. This is often on one side of the body only.
- Sudden trouble seeing. This could occur in one or both eyes or involve double vision.
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking clearly or understanding simple statements.
- Sudden trouble walking. This can include dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause. “The worst headache of your life.”
Quick treatment may save your life or prevent disability. Even if your symptoms lessen or go away, call for help.
If you believe someone is having a stroke,
call 911 immediately.
The Spanish version of this HFFY is #6399.
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Last Updated: 09/12/2012
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