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Spot a Stroke FAST

  • Face Drooping
  • Arm Weakness
  • Speech Difficulty
  • Time to Call 9-1-1

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

Stroke FlyerDownload this flyer for a quick reference of stroke symptoms.

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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