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

Dizziness, weakness, trouble speaking, vision changes

Loss of balance, headache, confusion

Difficulty understanding, numbness, trouble walking

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
DIZZINESS
Feeling faint, lightheaded, or like the room is spinning Unsteady movements (like motion sickness), like they are drunk (without having any alcohol)
VISION CHANGES
Blurred vision or trouble with eyesight in one or both eyes
Squinting or rubbing their eyes, not able to read
FACIAL DROOPING
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
SEVERE HEADACHE
Pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck with no known cause
Touching their head, rubbing their temples, sensitivity to light
WEAKNESS
Lack of strength in arm or leg—especially on one side of the body
Wanting to sit or lay down, difficulty doing simple tasks
NUMBNESS
A tingling feeling in the body (ie, face, arm, or leg), like pins and needles
Constant touching, massaging, or shaking of the numb areas
TROUBLE SPEAKING
Unable to speak or slurred speech
Sentences that can’t be understood, difficulty having a conversation
CONFUSION
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 loved one.

*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.

 

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