About Stroke

Fast treatment can prevent or reduce disability. If you think you’re having a stroke, it’s important to call 9-1-1 or go to an emergency room immediately.

Stroke symptoms include:

  • SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
  • SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms


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 NOTE THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke. Note the time you experienced your first symptom.
This information is important to your healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.