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.
- F (ace) – when the person smiles, does one side of his or her face droop?
- A (rms) – does one arm drift downward when the person tries to raise both arms?
- S (peech) – can you understand the person when he or she tries to repeat a simple sentence?
- T (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