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Stroke Symptoms

The symptoms of stroke depend on what part of the brain is injured. F.A.S.T. is a great way to remember the most common, sudden symptoms of a stroke. If you or someone around you experiences any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately for emergency medical care.


Stroke Symptoms

Symptoms of stroke may include:

  • Sudden mental confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Sudden severe headache

Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know has these symptoms. When it comes to stroke, fast action saves lives while decreasing the chances of lifelong disability, such as paralysis or blindness.


  • Balance

    Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance?

  • Eyes

    Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

  • Face

    Does the face look uneven or drift down?

  • Arm

    Does one arm drift down?

  • Speech

    Does the person's speech sound strange?

  • Time

    If you observe any of these signs, it is time
    to call 9-1-1. 

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.

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