Know the symptoms. Get immediate medical attention.

Warning Signs

This simple test will help you detect stroke symptoms and B.E F.A.S.T.:

B = Balance Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?

E = Eyes Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?

F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T = TIME If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 9-1-1 or get to the nearest stroke center or hospital.