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Spot a Stroke and BE FAST

  • Balance - Sudden loss of balance or coordination.
  • Eyes - Sudden change in vision.
  • Face - Sudden weakness of the face.
  • Arms - Sudden weakness of an arm.
  • Speech - Sudden difficulty speaking.
  • Time - The time symptoms started.

If you or someone else shows signs of a stroke, call 9-1-1 for immediate medical care.

BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. Copyright 2011, Intermountain Health Care.

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Stroke Symptoms & Risk Factors

When it comes to stroke, seconds count. The faster you or your loved one gets treatment, the less likely you are to experience serious, long-term effects. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs of stroke and call for help quickly.

Call 9-1-1 right away if you or a loved experiences sudden:

  • Numbness, weakness, tingling or inability to move an arm, a leg or one side of the face
  • Vision changes
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking
  • Confusion or trouble understanding simple statements
  • Problems walking or balancing
  • Severe headache

Seek medical attention immediately—even if your symptoms go away quickly. They can reoccur or they may be signs of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini-stroke.

Learn about the top-quality emergency services at Cone Health.

Every Second Counts: Stroke Awareness

Stroke Risk Factors

Reduce your risk of stroke by working with your health care provider to improve your health. Top risk factors for stroke include:

Your stroke risk also is affected by factors you can’t control. Your risk for stroke increases if you:

      • Are 55 or older
      • Are African American, Hispanic or Asian-Pacific American
      • Have a personal or family history of stroke or TIA
      • Have certain health conditions, such as fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) a patent foramen ovale (PFO)

Because risk for stroke doubles each year after age 55 and, on average, women live longer than men, stroke affects more women than men.

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