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What are the Signs of Stroke?
There are many signs of stroke that can include:
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headaches with no known cause
Some find that it is easier to remember the signs of stroke with the acronym FAST.
Face – Arm – Speech – Time
Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arm – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does the arm drift downward?
Speech – Ask the person to say a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
Time – If you observe any of these signs CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.