When to Go: Signs and Warnings of Stroke

Strokes are often referred to as brain attacks. They are the nation’s fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of preventable long-term disability. Someone experiences a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. The No. 1 risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure (hypertension). A stroke typically comes on suddenly, with no warning signs. Quick diagnosis and treatment is crucial to preserving healthy brain tissue.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

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Stroke Symptoms

If one or more of these symptoms is present, don't delay: get help FAST

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

Learn more about stroke:

How to Recognize a Stroke and When to Get Help

Stroke or Migraine? How to Know the Difference

New Blood Pressure Guidelines: More Americans Have Hypertension

What You Need to Know About Stroke, AFib and Bell’s Palsy

Stroke Can Happen at Any Age: A Young Stroke Survivor Tells Her Story