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How to Recognize a Stroke & What to Do Next

Symptoms Someone is Having a Stroke

There are nearly 800,000 strokes a YEAR in the United States. It’s also the leading cause of long-term disability, impacting not only the individual, but their family and communities.

With such staggering numbers, it’s important to be able to recognize what a stroke looks like and what to do next. Remember, every minute counts in a stroke and quick action can be the difference between life and death. 

Here are the most common symptoms someone is having a stroke. These symptoms usually come on suddenly and not attributed to previously diagnosed health issues or concerns. 

  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
    • This may occur specifically on one side of the body. 
  • Speech
    • Difficulty speaking, trouble understanding speech, or general confusion
  • Difficulty seeing
    • Either in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking
    • This may include dizziness, lack of coordination, or trouble with balance 
  • Severe headache 
    • with no known cause 

Call 9-1-1 right away if you or someone else has any of these symptoms.

F.A.S.T : A Helpful Way to Spot Spot a Stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. If you suspect that someone is experiencing a stroke, it’s important to act fast and get them to the hospital as soon as possible. To help people remember the signs of stroke, the American Stroke Association has developed the acronym FAST:


Drooping or numbness in the face


Weakness or paralysis in the arms


Slurred or difficulty with speech


If you notice these symptoms in yourself or someone else it’s time to call 9-1-1! Remember that every minute counts!

Remembering the FAST acronym can help you recognize the signs of stroke and take quick action to get someone the medical attention they need. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, don’t wait – call 911 right away.

Sources: CDC Stroke Signs