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Stroke Signs and Symptoms

Everyone Should Know the Symptoms of Stroke

Immediate medical care is crucial to surviving and recovering from stroke. Knowing the signs and symptoms is the first step to making sure you get help right away. For each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked, you or your loved one will lose about 1.9 million neurons—seriously affecting your speech, movement, memory, and more.


Signs of stroke are sudden and may include:

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, often only on one side of the body
  • Face or eyelid drooping to one side
  • Confusion or trouble understanding
  • Problems speaking
  • Problems seeing out of one or both eyes, sudden change in vision
  • Dizziness or trouble with balance, coordination, or walking
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Seizure

BE FAST in Case of Stroke!

To help you remember these signs and symptoms, use the B.E. F.A.S.T. test and act immediately when you suspect a stroke.

Balance: Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of balance? Do they lean to one side or stagger when walking?

Eyes: Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes? Do they have double vision that doesn't go away with blinking their eyes?

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does their speech sound slurred or strange?

Time: If you observe any of these signs in yourself or others, it’s time to call 911!

If YOU experience any signs or symptoms of stroke, do not drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911!

Every Second Counts

Stroke can be very treatable if care is immediate. Time is critical.

Articles & Resources

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  • Blog Post

    Stroke Program Cuts Treatment Times in Partnership with Local Emergency Services

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    Video Recalls Stroke Survivor’s Rescue

  • Blog Post

    Rehabilitation Helps Patient Learn How to Live Again Following a Stroke

Learn more about stroke care at St. Luke's