What Are the Signs of a Stroke?
The easiest way to remember the signs of a stroke is to learn what FAST
F - Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask
the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
A - Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both
arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak
or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like
"The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T - Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even
if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital
immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Other common signs of a stroke include sudden:
- Numbness, weakness or inability to move the face, arm or leg, especially
on one side of the body
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes, such as dimness, blurring, double vision
or loss of vision
- Difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
Good Samaritan Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center