Stroke signs

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Seek immediate medical care for someone who shows one or more of the following warning signs: sudden numbness or weakness of the 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; or sudden, severe headache with no known cause.


To remember the signs of stroke, the National Stroke Association recommends using the acronym FAST:


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 speak. Does the person have slurred speech or trouble speaking?


Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1.

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