Do you know the signs of a stroke?

A stroke is what happens when blood stops flowing to a part of your brain. This can happen due to a blockage or a hemorrhage, and the severity of a stroke has to do with what part of the brain lost blood flow and how quickly someone receives care.

A younger man placing a blanket on an older man laying on the ground.When it comes to strokes, every second counts - that’s why it is so important to know the signs, and to act FAST.

The common signs of a stroke include:

Face – facial numbness, drooping, or weakness, especially on one side
Arm – arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side
Speech – slurred or difficulty speaking or understanding
Time – getting immediate care following a stroke is essential. Call 9-1-1 or EMS immediately.

Other symptoms of a stroke may include:
  • A sudden and severe headache
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Unconsciousness or a temporary loss of consciousness
  • Sudden loss of bladder control
If you suspect someone has experienced a stroke, call for emergency help immediately. Do not hesitate - a quick response can make all the difference.

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