Stroke Symptoms

Knowing them could save the life of someone you love.


Few Americans know the symptoms of stroke. Learning them - and knowing what to do when they occur - could save your life.

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

Stroke is an EMERGENCY!

Call 9-1-1 if you see or have any of these symptoms. Treatment can be more effective if given early on. Every minute counts!

Special Note: If symptoms appear for only a very short period of time and then disappear, it could mean a Transient Ischemic Attack or TIA. It's important to call 9-1-1 whenever you experience any stroke symptom. While TIAs are not stroke, they indicate serious underlying stroke risks and are a powerful warning that a full stroke may soon follow.

Getting emergency medical treatment is important for several reasons: Only a doctor can tell for sure if you are having a stroke or a TIA. And, if you are having a stroke, emergency medical treatment could save your life and greatly improve your chances for successful rehabilitation and recovery. If you are having a TIA, your doctor will evaluate and treat the underlying causes. Following your doctor's orders for medication and treatment can help reduce your risk of having a stroke.