Stroke Signs & Symptoms

Stroke occurs when blood flow to your brain is blocked. When blood flow is blocked, brain cells begin to die within minutes. That’s why every second counts during a stroke. The University Hospital rapid response stroke team goes into action the minute you arrive at our emergency department. The sooner you get treatment means the less brain damage that occurs.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, signs and symptoms of stroke include these sudden changes:

  • Numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
  • Confusion or trouble understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

F.A.S.T. Action for Stroke Saves Lives

When you know the signs and symptoms of stroke, you’re better prepared to act quickly. You may save a life – even your own. Act F.A.S.T. and do these simple tests when you have or see someone with any of the signs of stroke:

  • F — Face: Ask the person to smile. Does the face droop?
  • A — Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?
  • S — Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or hard to understand?
  • T — Time: If you see any of these signs, call 911 immediately.