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Signs and symptoms of stroke

7/11/2013, 12:39 p.m.

Almost 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke goes untreated. It is important to recognize the signs of a stroke in order to seek immediate emergency care. If your stroke is caused by a clot, you may benefit from a medication that breaks up the clot and reduces the long-term disability associated with stroke. But you have only three hours from the onset of your symptoms to receive the clot-buster.

Call 911 should you experience:

  • Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, usually on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech. For instance, slurred speech or speaking gibberish.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. Some people become blind in one half of their visual field.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe or unusual headache with no known cause

You don’t need to experience all the symptoms to suspect a stroke. Any one symptom can be an indicator of a stroke. Call 911.

For more information, read Strokes still largely misunderstood

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Stroke Warning Signs/Symptoms — Body Language

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are encouraging Americans to use the F.A.S.T. (F-Face drooping; A-Arm weakness; S-Speech difficulty; T-Time to call 9-1-1) acronym to communicate the warning signs/symptoms of a stroke to bystanders, and empower them to take action upon recognition and lern the symptoms of a stroke.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are encouraging Americans to use the F.A.S.T. (F-Face drooping; A-Arm weakness; S-Speech difficulty; T-Time to call 9-1-1) acronym to communicate the warning signs/symptoms of a stroke to bystanders, and empower them to take action upon recognition and lern the symptoms of a stroke.