Signs & Symptoms
Stroke is the #4 cause of death and a leading cause of serious long-term disability in America.
Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts:
- FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the
- ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.
Is their speech slurred or strange?
- TIME: If you observe any of these signs,call 9-1-1
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If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, it’s important to act fast!
- Immediately call 9-1-1 so an ambulance can be sent
- Check the time so you’ll know when the first
- Time is critical! A clot-busting drug called tissue
plasminogen activator (tPA) may improve the chances
of recovering from a stroke if administered within 3 hours
(and up to 4.5 hours in certain eligible patients) of start
- tPA is the only FDA-approved medication for the
treatment of stroke.