Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Make The Call

If you believe someone is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is the first step to ensuring medical help is received immediately. For every minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain is interrupted, about 1.9 million neurons die. This can affect a person’s speech, movement, memory and much more. Quick treatment may save a life or prevent disability. Even if the symptoms lessen or go away, call for help quickly.

 

Stroke symptoms strike suddenly! When someone is having a stroke, you want to:

 

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

 

Stroke signs strike suddenly - be aware if there is a loss of balance B-Balance

Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?

 

To check:

  • Ask the person to walk in a straight line or touch their finger to their nose.
 Symptoms of a stroke: Sudden vision changes can be a sign of a stroke E-Eyes

Are there sudden vision changes?

 

To check:

  • Ask if the person has double vision or cannot see out of one eye.
  Stroke symptoms if one side of the face droops or one arm drifts downward that may be a sign of a stroke F-Face

Does one side of the face droop?

 

To check:

  • Ask the person to smile.
A-Arm

Is there arm weakness or numbness?

 

To check:

  • Ask the person to raise both arms.
 Stroke symptoms - slurred or confused speech can be a sign of a stroke S-Speech

Is speech slurred? Does the person have trouble speaking?

 

To check:

  • Ask the person to repeat a sentence.
  T-Time

When was the person last seen looking or acting normally?

 

Call 911 - Time is Brain!

 

Other Signs That Can Signal a Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of any body part, often on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble walking because of dizziness
  • Sudden severe headache for no reason