Stroke is the No. 1 cause of disability in the U.S. However, recognizing a stroke early can save you or your loved one from being paralyzed, stuck in a wheelchair, or even unable to speak or to eat on your own. If you see a signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately!
The signs of a stroke can appear without warning. Only 2 percent of Americans get proper treatment for stroke; many who experience stroke symptoms are not aware that they're having a stroke. Even a famous stroke neurologist could not tell that she was having a stroke as it happened to her.
In general, stroke signs can be identified with the F.A.S.T. system:
If you’re having a stroke, you might experience a headache, especially if the stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain. The headache:
These stroke symptoms depend on the severity of the stroke and the part of the brain affected:
Call 911 immediately if there are signs or symptoms of stroke. Do not attempt to transport yourself or the person suffering a stroke to the hospital on your own. Calling 911 ensures that the person having a stroke receives potentially lifesaving treatment on the way to the hospital and gets the fastest access to emergency room care. Don’t hesitate to ask the paramedics to go to the closest certified Primary Stroke Center.
Reacting quickly to the signs and symptoms of stroke makes it possible for HonorHealth stroke teams to provide the newest medications and treatments. For example, clot-busting treatments for ischemic strokes can be used only within three hours after the first signs of stroke.
Remember, stroke is a medical emergency, and "time is brain." The sooner you get medical treatment, the greater the chances of limiting brain cell damage.