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Stroke Symptoms

A stroke is essentially a brain attack — it occurs when a part of the body loses function due to a disruption of blood flow in the brain. When this happens, either because of blockage from buildup in the arteries or when a vessel in the brain bursts, the affected area can’t get oxygen or nutrients. This can cause a wide range of symptoms, including paralysis, vision loss, difficulty speaking and severe headache.

Here are a few common symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

The safest and best way to get to the hospital is to call 911. We have skilled EMS providers in our area who can stabilize the patient and help physicians and staff prepare for the patient’s arrival.

What To Do If You Suspect a Stroke

Time is of the essence with a stroke. Fast action saves lives while decreasing the chances of lifelong disability, such as paralysis or blindness.

If you think you or someone you’re with is having a stroke, call 911 and get to your closest emergency department.

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  • 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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