Signs of a Stroke

Time is critical when a person has had a stroke. There is a window of time that can be crucial to saving a life and increasing the chances of a full neurologic recovery (if the stroke is the result of a blood clot). Recognizing and immediately reporting a possible stroke is a lifesaving action.
If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, look specifically for the signs included in the Give Me Five test:
WALK: Is the person’s balance off?
TALK: Is the person’s speech slurred or their face droopy?
REACH: Is one side weak or numb?
SEE: Is the person’s vision all or partially lost?
FEEL: Is the person’s headache severe?

If the person has trouble with any one of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
Remember, a stroke victim must be in the Emergency Room for treatment within two hours in order for the diagnostic tests to be completed within the three-hour window.

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