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Warning Signs of a Stroke

Understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke and finding care quickly can greatly improve your health outcomes and recovery.

Act FAST for a Stroke

If you think you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, act FAST:

  • Face – Check yourself or ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – Check yourself or ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech – Check yourself or ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
  • Time – If you see any of these symptoms, note the time they started and get help immediately.

Warning Signs & Other Symptoms of a Stroke

Strokes often exhibit other recognizable symptoms. Call 911 immediately if you notice:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding others
  • Vision problems with one or both eyes, or sudden double vision
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Trouble walking or with movement
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Nausea, vomiting or sudden fever (not caused by an illness)
  • Sudden confusion, fainting or seizures

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

Transient ischemic attacks, or mini-strokes, can cause many of the same symptoms as a stroke, but TIA symptoms could last for a few minutes or up to 24 hours. Get immediate care if any of these symptoms occurs.

Comprehensive Stroke Care

At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, you can find special clot-dissolving medication that may greatly improve your stroke recovery. You will also benefit from our patient-focused stroke care that helps you navigate life after a stroke.

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