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What are the most common symptoms of stroke?



The most common symptoms of stroke are listed below; however, each individual may experience symptoms differently. If your or anyone you know has any of these signs of stroke , call 911 (or your local ambulance service) immediately. Treatment is most effective when started immediately.

Know the Sudden Signs of Stroke and ACT FAST!

BALANCE       Is there a loss of balance?
EYES                Is there a vision change in one or both eyes?
FACE                Facial weakness, drooping or uneven smile
ARM                 Arm numbness or arm weakness
SPEECH          Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
TIME               Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately

One or more of the symptoms listed above may occur. Do not ignore any of these symptoms, even if they go away – take action immediately. The symptoms of stroke may mimic other medical conditions or problems. Do not drive yourself, call 911.

What is a TIA or Transient Ischemic Attack?

A TIA, commonly called a “mini-stroke”, is a stroke warning, where the same symptoms can occur suddenly, but only last for a few minutes or around 20 minutes. The risk of stroke is greatly increased in the thirty days following a TIA; therefore you should call for medical help immediately if you suspect a TIA. You may not have a TIA before you have  a stroke.

Call 911