Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke is an emergency. Every minute counts. You need to act F.A.S.T. Look for the signs:

F - face - facial droop, uneven smile
A - arms - arm numbness, arm weakness
S - speech - slurred speech, difficult speaking or understanding
T - time - call 911 and get to the nearest stroke center hospital

The American Stroke Association says these are the warning signs of a stroke:

If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

Risk factors for having a stroke include: