Signs of a Stroke
Signs & Symptoms of a Brain Attack
- Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of your face, arm or leg.
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech.
- Blurred, double or decreased vision
- Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.
- A severe ‘out of the blue’ headache possibly along with facial pain, pain between the eyes, vomiting or altered consciousness.
- Confusion or problems with memory, spatial orientation or perception.
Seek Help Promptly
If you or someone you know experiences any of the warning signs listed above, it is extremely important to seek emergency help right away. Call your 911 immediately even if you think that you are getting better or if the symptoms seem to disappear. If the symptoms last for more than 10 to 15 minutes, appear frequently or seem to get worse, ask the emergency responders for urgent transportation to the nearest appropriate emergency medical facility.
Unfortunately, patients often do not seek help for a day or more after the first symptoms appear. By that time, it is usually too late for new treatments to be effective. Recognizing and responding to the warning signs of stroke – as soon as they appear – gives the patient the best chance for an optimal recovery.