9 Stroke Warning Signs you Need to Know!

Strokes do not discriminate.... young or old you can be at risk... 

Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA). There are two kinds of strokes: ischemic, which accounts for 87% and happens when a blood clot stops up a brain blood vessel or artery to the brain; and hemorrhagic, which is caused when a brain blood vessel breaks and results in bleeding inside or over the brain.


Major symptoms:

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

Less frequent symptoms (but occur often in women):

  1. Sudden onset of nausea, and vomiting
  2. Brief loss of consciousness or fainting, confusion or convulsions
  3. Sudden hiccups
  4. Sudden face and limb pain

Sudden shortness of breath and chest pain

3 Easy Tests to Assess Symptoms:

  1. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  2. Ask the person to raise his arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  3. Ask the person to say a simple sentence. Watch for garbled words and slurred speech.

If you think you or someone with you is having a stroke, here’s what to do:

  • Call 9-1-1 right away. Do not “wait and see” if the symptoms subside. The sooner the patient gets medical attention, the better the outcome.
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