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Stroke Warning Signs

If you have any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are encouraging Americans to use the F.A.S.T.

Research shows that only one-third of brain attack patients get to a hospital within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. In contrast, almost half of all heart attack victims get medical attention within four hours of the onset of symptoms.

Knowing the symptoms of a brain attack and treating those symptoms as a medical emergency can minimize long-term damage from brain attack and even save your life.

Don't ignore your symptoms! 

  • Sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
  • Sudden dimness, blurred or decreased vision, in one or both eyes
  • Sudden loss of speech, difficulty speaking or understanding simple statements
  • Sudden unexplained dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, especially combined with another symptom
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden nausea, fever and vomiting - coming on in a short period of time
  • Sudden brief loss of consciousness or period of decreased consciousness (fainting, confusion, or coma)

Recognizing and responding to stroke symptoms − The key word to assessing a stroke is F.A.S.T!

  • F= Face: Does one side of the face droop?
  • A= Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S= Speech: Does the persons speech sound slurred or strange?
  • T= Time: If you observe these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately!


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