Stroke Symptoms
and the Signs of a Stroke

Stroke symptoms typically happen suddenly but could happen over several hours. At first you might have some mild weakness. Eventually, you might not be able to move the arm and leg on one side of your body.

Watch this lady's story about what she experienced when she was having a stroke.

So just what are stroke symptoms?

When brain cells are deprived of oxygen, they cease to carry out their usual tasks. The symptoms that follow a stroke depend on the location of the brain that has been affected and also the amount of brain tissue that has been harmed.

  • Trouble with walking. For example, stumbling around or encounter sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.
  • Trouble with speaking and understanding. For example confusion or a slurring of words. Try to repeat a straightforward sentence.
  • A numbness or paralysis on one side of the face or body.
  • Trouble seeing in or each eye.
  • A sudden severe headache with no recognized trigger.
  • In some cases weakness inside the muscles of the face can cause drooling.
  • It should be noted that there is a form of stroke called the silent stroke. It is difficult to recognize their symptoms as they cause a more gradual change in thinking, behavior, balance or walking. Nevertheless, they can still harm brain tissue.

What you should do in the event you suspect you or another person is having a stroke.

Call 9-1-1 instantly and tell them that you think that you (or the other person) is having a stroke.


Because there is a clot dissolving medication available -that if given inside three hours of the initial stroke symptoms- has been found to likely decrease long-term disability for the most prevalent type of stroke.

Just about every minute counts for stroke patients and acting quickly can allow the stroke victim to get proper medical attention within that critical 3 hour window of the first appearance of symptom.

Did you know that if the person with stroke symptoms arrives at the hospital after 3 hours they may not be eligible for this medication? Because it will be too late to be of any benefit.

Just let this lady who had symptoms of a stroke
tell you why time is of the essence.

Please Realize That:

  1. Your goal is to get the stroke victim to a hospital as speedily as possible to confirm the diagnosis. An urgent medical choice is essential within the emergency room to ascertain if clot dissolving drugs can potentially reverse the stroke scenario.(You read that right, Boomer, there is a chance the stroke could be reversed depending on the type of stroke either an ischemic or hemorrhagic)!But the window of opportunity is very limited. If delays occur, the chance to intervene is lost. In a perfect scenario, getting the person to the hospital within the first 60 minutes of their stroke symptoms is HUGE.
  2. You want that ambulance to arrive as soon as possible because first responders, EMTs and paramedics might be able to aid in making the diagnosis and alert the hospital concerning the stoke victim's status.

Please remember that
A stroke really is a serious medical emergency!

While you are waiting for the ambulance:

Watch the person closely and...

  • Make sure the person is lying flat to achieve optimal blood flow to their brain.
  • Be prepared to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if they stop breathing.
  • Turn their head or even position them on their side to prevent choking if vomiting happens.
  • Don't let them eat or drink. Let the medical responders make that decision.

For your own sake and the sake of others at least learn this simple acrostic developed by the National Stroke Association for quickly recognizing stroke symptoms:

F-FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A-ARMS: Ask the person to raise boyh arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S-SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is their speech                              slurred or strange?

T-TIME: Should you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The above video was produced in Britain
thus the 999 number as opposed 911 used in the U.S.

Have you had a Stroke or
witnessed someone else having one?

Please share what you felt or saw with the rest of us! Thanks.

Where to go now?

Stroke Prevention

Stroke Treatment

Causes of Stroke

Baby Boomers Health Issues

Return from Stroke Symptoms to Home


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