Time is critical when recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms, the National Stroke Association says to act F.A.S.T.

  • (ace) – when the person smiles, does one side of his or her face droop?
  • (rms) – does one arm drift downward when the person tries to raise both arms?
  • (peech) – can you understand the person when he or she tries to repeat a simple sentence?
  • (ime) – if any of these symptoms are present, call 911 immediately.

Other signs of a stroke include:

  • Sudden onset of confusion
  • Loss of coordination, including walking or balancing
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Severe headache
  • Temporary memory problems
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Vision problems in one or both eyes