What are the signs?

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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.

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