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Warning Signs

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and over 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

The symptoms of a stroke can vary widely and depend on the area of the brain affected.

Know the Stroke Warning Signs:

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


Face: Does one side of the face droop? Is the smile uneven?

Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Are words slurred? Is there difficulty in speaking or understanding?

Time: If the person shows any symptoms, call 911 immediately!

Time is Brain. Every minute Counts.