Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke is a key piece to receiving life-saving treatment. The faster a patient receives medical attention, the sooner appropriate interventions can be given, and the better the chances for survival and reduction of disability from stroke.

Stroke Symptoms

The most common symptoms of a stroke are:

  • Sudden onset of gait imbalance or trouble walking
  • Change or sudden loss of vision
  • Facial droop
  • Weakness in the arm or leg
  • Slurred speech or difficulty with language
  • Sudden onset of headache maybe a symptom of hemorrhagic stroke

If you witness or experience any of these symptoms, call your emergency service immediately.

Remembering the Signs & Symptoms

One of the common ways to remember is with the mnemonic BEFAST. This stands for:

  • Balance
  • Eyes
  • Face
  • Arm
  • Speech
  • Time
BEFAST signs of a stroke

If you think that you or someone you know or see is having a stroke, call your emergency number immediately.