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How can I tell if someone is having a stroke?

There are ten signs. Urgency is the best prescription for recovery of a stroke. Do not wait. Go to the Emergency Room or call an ambulance immediately if experiencing any of these symptoms. Early treatment is the best recovery.

  1. Weakness in the face, arm, or leg. Drooping, numbness or weakness of the face. Uneven smile or person is unable to move an arm or leg.
  2. Loss of balance or trouble walking. Hard to stand due to fatigue and confusion.
  3. Blurred speech. Have the person repeat a common phrase. If unable, there is an 80% chance of a stroke.
  4. Sudden vision loss. Losing 1/2 or 1/4 of the visual field and loss of peripheral vision.
  5. Dizziness. May occur one time or may be chronic.
  6. Severe headaches. This person is at high risk for strokes. Sudden severe headache out of no where is a warning.
  7. Fatigue. Persistent symptom. Sense of exhaustion and weakness that doesn’t improve with sleep or rest.
  8. Loss of swallow or gag reflex.
  9. Loss of sensation on any area of the skin. Can be one or different parts of the body.
  10. Heart palpitations. A feeling of losing your breath or a fluttering feeling in your chest. Women are more susceptible to this symptom.

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