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Warning Signs

Warning signs for a stroke can be come quick. These are the best ways to recognize if someone is having a stroke. Remember to BE FAST.

  • BALANCE: Ask the person to stand. Are they having trouble with coordination or do they have a headache or dizziness?
  • EYES: Ask the person to look at an object. Has their vision become blurred or are they seeing double?
  • FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Additional warning signs include:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

A stroke is always an emergency! If you have these symptoms or see someone else experiencing them, call 911 immediately!

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