The symptoms of stroke depend on which part of the brain is damaged. In some cases, a person may not even be aware that he or she has had a stroke.
Symptoms usually develop suddenly and without warning. They may be episodic (occurring and then stopping) or they may slowly get worse over time.
What to do? Think FAST Exam
- Face - Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile
- Arm - Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms
- Speech- Does their speech sound stranger? Ask the person to repeat
a simple phrase, for example "The sky is blue"
- Time - If you observe any of these signs, then it's time to call 911
Stroke is a medical emergency that requires
immediate treatment. Call 911 if someone is having stroke symptoms.
Stroke symptoms may include:
- Change in alertness (consciousness)
- Difficulty speaking or understanding others
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty writing or reading
- Occurs when lying flat
- Wakes you up from sleep
- Gets worse when you change positions or when you bend,
strain, or cough
- Starts suddenly
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of balance
- Movement changes, usually on only one side of the body
- Difficulty moving any body part
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensation changes, usually on only one side of the body
- Decreased sensation
- Numbness or tingling
- Suddent confusion
- Weakness of any body part
- Vision changes
- Decreased vision
- Loss of all or part of vision
Contact Stroke Center
For more information on Doylestown Hospital's Stroke Resource Center, please call Brooke Kearins, CRNP at 215-345-0105.