Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is vital that people know and can identify warning signs. The American Stroke Association lists the following as the warning signs of stroke:


  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

The National Stroke Association suggests learning to think F.A.S.T – Face, Arms, Speech, Time.


  • Does the victim’s FACE seem to droop?
  • Is one ARM numb or weaker than the other?
  • Is SPEECH slurred?
  • If any of these are apparent TIME is of the essence.

Minutes matter when treating a stroke. If possible, it is important to note the time when symptoms of a stroke are first noticed. It is possible to reduce long-term disability from the most common type of stroke by giving a patient an FDA approved drug called TPA. For the drug to work, the medication must be given within three hours of when stroke symptoms begin.

If you or someone close to you is experiencing these symptoms do not delay, call 9-1-1 or come to an Emergency Room immediately.