Be prepared to recognize stroke and take immediate action

Waiting to see if the symptoms go away is not an option.

When it comes to stroke, every minute counts. Your immediate action can help prevent brain damage and long-term disability.

Signs of stroke: dizziness, weakness, trouble speaking, vision changes

Signs of stroke: loss of balance, headache, confusion

Signs of stroke: difficulty understanding, numbness, trouble walking

Do you think you could identify all signs of stroke?

You might know the FAST signs of stroke: Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911

But did you know that recognizing the other signs is just as important?

A SUDDEN ONSET of the following symptoms may indicate stroke*

  SYMPTOMS A LOVED ONE MAY EXPERIENCE SIGNS YOU MAY NOTICE

1. CONFUSION

Unable to understand what is happening, can't think clearly or feel thrown off A puzzled look, a hard time focusing, trouble making decisions

2. DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING

Unable to comprehend speech or language  Raised or wrinkled eyebrows, shaking their head “no.” Unsteady or woozy

3. DIZZINESS

Feeling faint, lightheaded, or like the room is spinning  Unsteady movements (like they have motion sickness), like they are drunk (without having any alcohol)

4. LOSS OF BALANCE

Unstable with less coordination Wobbling around, grabbing onto a stationary object

5. NUMBNESS

A tingling sensation in the body (i.e. face, arm or leg), like pins and needles Constant touching, massaging or shaking of the numb areas

6. SEVERE HEADACHE

Pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck with no known cause Touching their head or rubbing their temples, sensitivity to light

7. TROUBLE SPEAKING

Unable to speak or slurred speech Sentences that can’t be understood, difficulty having a conversation

8. TROUBLE WALKING

Stumbling or unable to walk straight Tripping over nothing

9. VISION CHANGES

Blurred vision or trouble with eyesight in one or both eyes Squinting or rubbing their eyes, not able to read

10. WEAKNESS

Lack of strength in the face, arm, or leg—especially on one side of the body Wanting to sit or lay down, difficulty doing simple tasks

*Note that these symptoms or a combination of them are not unique to stroke, but if they are sudden and out of the ordinary, they may indicate a sign of stroke and require immediate attention. 

Call your local emergency services immediately if you think you or someone near you is having a stroke. Download the list.

confusion, difficulty understanding, dizziness, loss of balance, numbness, severe headache, trouble speaking and walking, vision changes and weakness

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