Be prepared to recognize stroke and take immediate action.
Waiting to see if the symptoms go away is not an option.
The brain is under attack every second of a stroke. Your immediate
action can have a lasting impact.
Signs of Stroke
What should you be looking for?
However, the signs and symptoms can be more complex.
What you see might actually feel different to someone having a stroke. Here is a description of what they may experience and what you may notice.
A SUDDEN ONSET of the following symptoms may indicate stroke*
|SYMPTOMS A LOVED ONE MAY EXPERIENCE||SIGNS YOU MAY NOTICE|
|LOSS OF BALANCE|
|Unstable with less coordination, stumbling, unable to walk straight||Wobbling around, grabbing onto a stationary
object, tripping over nothing |
|Feeling faint, lightheaded, or like the room is spinning||Unsteady movements (like motion sickness), like they are drunk (without having any alcohol)|
|Blurred vision or trouble with eyesight in one or both
eyes ||Squinting or rubbing their eyes, not able
to read |
|One side of the face is drooping or looks uneven
||Ask the person to smile and observe their face. See if the
face droops on one side |
|Pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck with no known
cause ||Touching their head, rubbing their
temples, sensitivity to light |
|Lack of strength in arm or leg—especially on one side of the
body ||Wanting to sit or lay down, difficulty
doing simple tasks |
|A tingling feeling in the body (ie, face, arm, or leg), like
pins and needles ||Constant touching, massaging,
or shaking of the numb areas |
|Unable to speak or slurred speech ||Sentences
that can’t be understood, difficulty having a conversation |
|Unable to understand what is happening, can’t think clearly or
feel thrown off ||A puzzled look, raised or
wrinkled eyebrows, shaking their head “no,” a hard time
focusing, trouble making decisions |
|TO CALL 911 |
*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.
Calling 911 and getting EMS care could have a lasting impact on a
*BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. © 2011, Intermountain Healthcare.