Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
 

STROKE: WHAT IS A STROKE 

A stroke is often referred to as a "brain attack," cutting off blood and oxygen to the brain cells that control everything we do, from speaking, to walking, to breathing. Most strokes occur when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits.

Stroke Signs and Symptoms
Knowing the signs of a stroke can help you or someone you know get quick treatment. Warning signs of stroke usually appear very suddenly and there is often more than one.

Common signs of stroke include:

Sudden…
• Numbness in the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
• Slurred speech or trouble speaking
• Blurred vision or trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Dizziness, loss of balance, trouble walking or coordination
• Severe headache with no known cause


What to Do? Call 9-1-1
A stroke is a medical emergency. Any ONE of these symptoms is a reason to take action. At the first sign of stroke, call 9-1-1 right away!

Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. The faster you call for help, the better your chance for a full recovery.


Every second counts! Every minute matters!
To learn more about stroke, click on the links below:
• Risk factors for stroke
• FAST test for stroke

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