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.
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: