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Stroke Signs and Symptoms

When stroke strikes, BE FAST

When it comes to stroke treatment, time is everything. If you or someone you know is showing any warning signs of a stroke, call 911 right away.

Use BE FAST to remember the warning signs of a stroke:

Balance – Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
Eyes – Is there sudden blurred or double vision or sudden, persistent vision trouble?
Face – Ask the person to smile. Is one or both sides of the face drooping?
Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one side drift downward? Is there weakness or numbness on one side?
Speech – Does the person have slurred or garbled speech? Can he/she repeat simple phrases?
Time – Call 911 for immediate medical attention if you notice one or more of these signs. Also, take note of when symptoms began.