Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke
A stroke can occur suddenly, and it is important to act quickly if you or someone you know has experienced the sudden onset of the following symptoms:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance
- Sudden severe headache
If you experience these symptoms, or see someone with any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. If you are in Gainesville, Florida, ask the paramedics to take you to Shands.
The symptoms of stroke depend on what part of the brain is damaged. In some cases, a person may not even be aware that he or she has had a stroke.
The American Stroke Association recommends evaluating the five following behaviors to determine if symptoms are a stroke:
- Walk – Is the patient’s balance off?
- Talk – Is the patient’s face droopy or speech slurred?
- Reach – Is one side weak or numb?
- See – Is the patient’s vision all or partially lost?
- Feel – Is the patient’s headache severe?