Stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of the brain. This can happen if a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or leaked. 

Some specific signs and symptoms include: sudden and severe headache, dizziness, loss of consciousness or balance, slurred speech, drooling, inability to understand words, weakness, and/or paralysis on one side of the body.

Many people can be given treatments in the first hours after a stroke that can reduce the damage and improve recovery. Therefore, it’s important to recognize the signs of stroke quickly and get immediate medical care.

Warning Signs of Stroke:





Face Drooping:  Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?

Arm Weakness:  Is one arm weak or numb?

Speech difficulty:  Is speech slurred?

Time to phone 911: If someone shows any of these symptoms, phone 911 immediately.

Actions to help a person who may have had a stroke:

  • Phone or have someone phone 911 and get the first aid kit and AED.
  • Note the time when the stroke signs first appeared.
  • Remain with the person until someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over.
  • If the person becomes unresponsive and is not breathing normally or only gasping, give CPR if trained.