The Warning Signs of Stroke

Table of Contents:

  1. FAST Test
  2. Warning Signs
  3. Be Prepared

Your brain doesn’t get the blood it requires when you have a stroke. To avoid brain damage, disability, or even death, you must get treatment as soon as possible.


Use the FAST test to assess if you or someone else is exhibiting the most common symptoms of a stroke.


Face: Smile to examine if one side of your face droops.


Arms: Lift both arms in the air. Did one of the arms drop down?


Speech: Say a simple sentence and watch for slurred or unusual speech.


Time: If you answered yes to all of these questions, call 911 immediately and note down the time that your symptoms began.

When it comes to stroke treatment, every minute counts. It’s a waste of time to call a doctor or to drive yourself to the hospital. Ambulance staff are capable of assessing your condition more quickly, increasing your chances of receiving the treatment you need as early as possible.


Doctors can prescribe aspirin or potent clot-busting drugs depending on the type of stroke you have. The treatment performs better if it were to be taken 3 hours within the onset of the symptoms. Doctors would attempt to stop the bleeding as quickly and efficiently as possible if the stroke was triggered by a burst blood vessel.

Warning Signs

A stroke may sometimes occur gradually, but you’re more likely to have one or more of the following symptoms:


  • Numbness or weakness, particularly on one side of your face, arm, or leg.
  • Confusion or difficulty understanding other people
  • Experience trouble in speaking
  • Trouble seeing with one or both eyes
  • Problems with walking, balance or coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplainable severe headaches 


If you exhibit these signs, dial 911 immediately, even if you’re not certain you’re experiencing a stroke.


Be Prepared

A stroke affects about 800,000 individuals in the United States per year. They may strike at any moment and to anybody. It is possible to create a significant impact when preparing for an emergency.


  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and alert your family and friends.
  • Be equipped with a medical bracelet or some kind of identification that details your medical conditions, allergies, and any medications you’re taking.
  • Teach your children how to use the FAST test, as well as how to dial 911, offer your address, and explain what’s going on.


Referenced on  10.4.2021

  2. American Stroke Association: “Impact of Stroke," “Types of Stroke," “Stroke Warning Signs," “Act FAST,” “6 Ways You Can Prepare for an Emergency.”
  3. American Academy of Family Physicians: “Stroke: Warning Signs and Tips for Prevention."
  4. American Heart Association: “Stroke Warning Signs."
  5. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Information Page."
  6. Neurology Today: “Calls to Physicians’ Offices May Delay Stroke Care.”
  7. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is a Stroke?”
  8. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes: “Patterns of Emergency Medical Services Use and Its Association With Timely Stroke Treatment.”
  9. Lancet: “Effect of treatment delay, age, and stroke severity on the effects of intravenous thrombolysis with alteplase for acute ischaemic stroke: a meta-analysis of individual patient data from randomized trials.”

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