Stroke warning signs
Stroke is a medical emergency. Recognizing and responding immediately to the warning signs of stroke by calling 911 or your local emergency number can significantly improve chances of survival and recovery. If a person is diagnosed with a stroke caused by a blood clot, then doctors can administer a clot-busting drug available only at a hospital, and only within a few crucial hours after symptoms begin.
That’s why it is very important to be able to recognize the 5 warning signs of stroke and immediately call 911 or your local emergency number.
The five signs:
Stroke can be treated. That’s why it is so important to recognize and respond to the warning signs.
- Weakness – Sudden loss of strength or sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, even if temporary.
- Trouble speaking – Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding or sudden confusion, even if temporary.
- Vision problems – Sudden trouble with vision, even if temporary.
- Headache – Sudden severe and unusual headache.
- Dizziness – Sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.