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Warning Signs of Stroke

Stroke Warning Signs

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke and getting immediate medical help can save a life.

Get Immediate Help

If you or someone you're with shows the signs of a stroke, don't wait to seek help. Calling 911 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency Medical Services can begin treating you on the way to the hospital.

An easy way to recognize and remember the warning signs is to think FAST:

F = Face
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = Arms
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?

T = Time
If you observe any of these signs, then it’s time to call 9-1-1.