Signs of a Stroke

Symptoms of a stroke depend on which side of the brain the stroke is occurring in.

Depending on if it is the left or the right side, different parts of the body will show signs.

Quick treatment is important to preserving brain function.

If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Know the Signs F.A.S.T.

F.A.S.T. is a helpful way to notice the signs of a stroke. If you notice these signs, call 911 right away.

  • Face Drooping: Is the person's face droopy or numb on one side? Ask the person to smile to get a better idea if there face is affected.
  • Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? If you ask the person to raise their arms and one side drifts down, this could be a sign of a stroke.
  • Speech Difficulty: Is the person's speech slurred or uneven? Ask them to repeat a phrase, like "I like chocolate" to help you determine if they could be having a stroke
  • Time to call 9-1-1: Only one of these symptoms could be a sign of a stroke. Call for help immediately. 

Beyond F.A.S.T. – Other Stroke Symptoms You Should Know

  • Numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
  • Confusion or trouble understanding
  • Vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking, sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • A severe headache that starts out of nowhere