Stroke Warning Signs

Early detection of stroke can save you or someone you love from death or serious disability.

When it comes to stroke every second counts – BE FAST to save as much of the brain as possible.

Is it a stroke? Look for these common signs: BE FAST 

(Guidelines from the National Stroke Association)

  • Balance - Watch for sudden problems with balance, walking or dizziness 
  • Eyes - Check for visual loss; sudden double or blurry vision
  • Face – Ask them to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arm – Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
  • Speech – Ask them to repeat a phrase. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
  • Time – Every second, brain cells die.

Call 911 at the first sign of stroke.

Sometimes symptoms can go away only to return later, and often there is no pain associated with stroke symptoms.

While many of these symptoms can occur for other reasons, stroke is characterized by the suddenness of their appearance. Other stroke symptoms include: loss of balance/coordination, vision problems in one or both eyes, acute headache without a known cause, fever, vomiting or nausea, brief fainting spells or loss of consciousness. Not all of these signs occur in every stroke.

Don’t ignore stroke symptoms or wait for them to subside because minutes can be the difference between full recovery and permanent disability. In an emergency situation, when time can be the difference between life and death, St. John Heyman Stroke Center stands ready to serve.