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Stroke Warning Signs

Click here to see a video on the importance of getting help quickly if you think you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke. 

Causes of Stroke

A cause for concern is the fact that nearly half of all deaths from stroke happen before the person can get to a hospital (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The most likely reason is that many people do not recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke. In fact, a recent survey revealed that only one-half of the respondents recognized sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg as a warning sign for stroke. (Source: VHA, Inc.)

The warning signs for stroke in both men and women are SUDDEN:

  • numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or trouble walking
  • severe headache with no known cause

Warning signs that women sometimes experience include SUDDEN:

  • face and limb pain
  • hiccups
  • nausea
  • general weakness
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • palpitations

If you or a family member is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 and go to the emergency room.

The most effective stroke treatments are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within the first three hours of the first symptoms, so note the time when any symptom first appears. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke, ischemic stroke.

United Regional is a Certified Primary Stroke Center treating more than 400 stroke patients every year through advanced life-saving treatment in our emergency room and a dedicated stroke unit for specialized medical care.