Warning SignsThere are a few warning signs that everyone should be aware of:
Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusions, speaking difficulty or trouble understanding.
Sudden inability to see in one or both eyes.
Sudden walking difficulty, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
During a stroke, these symptoms may not appear together or at the same time.
IF YOU RECOGNIZE ANY ONE OF THESE SYMPTOMS, ACT FAST BY FOLLOWING THESE F.A.S.T STEPS:
1. "F" stands for FACE. Ask the person to smile. IF the face is droopy on one side, it may be a sign of possible stroke. CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
2. "A" stands for ARM. Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts down, or has no resistance to it, it may be a sign of possible stroke. CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
3. "S" stands for SPEECH. As the person to say a simple phrase. For example, "the grass is green." If their speech is slurred or you have trouble understanding them, it may be a sign of possible stroke. CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
4. "T" stands for TIME. For the best possible outcome, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT MUST OCCUR WITHIN 3 HOURS OF SYMPTOM(S) ONSET. CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!