Time is of the essence when it comes to treating a stroke, and knowing the warning signs is paramount to that rapid treatment. Call 911 or seem immediate medical attention if you or someone you know if experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Sudden weakness or numbness of your face, arm or leg, especially if only on one side of your body
- Sudden blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, especially when combined with other symptoms
- Sudden unexplainable and intense headache.
A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or “pre-stroke” is a strong indicator that a major stroke is probably imminent if not treated. The signs are similar to a stroke but much less severe, and the symptoms may disappear after a short time.