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Stroke Symptoms

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) 
  • Coma 
  • Lethargy 
  • Sleepiness 
  • Stupor 
  • Unconsciousness 
  • Withdrawn
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding others 
  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Difficulty writing or reading 
  • Headache 
  • 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 
  • Seizure 
  • 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.