Essential symptoms of a stroke

What are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Over 9 million people have survived a stroke globally with about 45% of them being functionally dependent on others one-year post-stroke. Knowing the symptoms of a stroke can be life or death for some. Listed below are the most common symptoms of a stroke:

  • Numbness or weakness in the arms, legs, and face (typically occurring on one side of the body and face).
  • Difficulties speaking or producing words. Words can come out sounding like gibberish and not make any sense.
  • Visual disturbances, typically in one eye.
  • A sudden loss of balance or trouble walking.
  • Acute headache without any cause.

A quick way to recognize if someone is having a stroke is through the acronym FAST:

  1. F – Face: is one side of the person’s face drooping?
  2. A – Arms: is the person able to raise both arms or is there weakness?
  3. S – Speech: Is their speech slurred or incoherent?
  4. T – Time: Call 9-1-1 if you suspect someone is suffering from a stroke. Time is of the essence when it comes to treating stroke.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this page is not meant to diagnose, treat, and or give medical advice. It is strictly meant for educational purposes only.