Stroke Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a stroke can come and go. They can be different for different people; further, a second stroke suffered after a first may have different signs and symtpoms. If you have these symptoms, DON'T wait thinking this will pass. The treatment window short; call 911 immediately if you experience (from the CDC's website):

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

Classic stroke signs also include a droopy smile or an inability to raise one arm as shown below. This image on magnets and wallet cards is available free of charge for retention and easy recall through the Virginia Department of Health and a grant from the CDC; you may order by clicking on the image. Pass them out to your place of worship, rec center, and even doctor's office. Spread the word and save a life!

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