Recognizing Stroke

Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke. That’s one stroke every 40 seconds. For every person that dies from stroke, more than 5 times that many will survive, and for them the physical damage it causes can be enormous.

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is the first step to ensuring medical help is received immediately. For each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked, a person loses about 1.9 million neurons. This could mean that a person’s speech, movement, memory, and so much more can be affected.

Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke FAST and save a life!

Stroke symptoms include:

- SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

 

- SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding

 

- SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes

 

- SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

 

- SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any of these symptoms.

Note the time of the first symptom.
This information is important and can affect treatment decisions.

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