Identify Stroke Symptoms

Strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability*. You should know the five signs of a stroke in progress so you can take immediate action to help save a life, minimize damage, and maximize the chances of recovery.

Recognize a stroke in progress: Act fast to save a life

When a stroke happens, there’s little time before permanent damage occurs. You should know the warning signs and symptoms so you can get help quickly for yourself or a loved one to help minimize the long-term effects.

5 Signs of Stroke

the five stroke symptoms include facial drooping, body weakness, off balance, trouble speaking, and vision problems

If you see any of these stroke signs, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room:

  • Facial weakness or drooping
  • Arm, face, or leg weakness, especially on one side of the body
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Speech difficulties or confusion
  • Changes in eyesight or vision problems 

Women often experience these stroke symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness or fainting
  • General weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden behavioral change
  • Hallucination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Hiccups

If you’re not sure about the symptoms you or a loved one are experiencing, a call to Nurse 4 U (412) 687-7348,  can help determine the best next steps to take. But don’t delay. Stroke treatments need to happen within an hour for the best chance to reduce permanent disability. 

AHN stroke diagnostics using RAPID® technology