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Doylestown Hospital will provide complimentary valet services Monday – Friday from 7 am – 5 pm for patients and visitors. Learn more

Physician Location Changes

Doylestown Health Neurology and Doylestown Health Cardiothoracic Surgery practices will move to new office spaces. Learn more

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  • Withdrawn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.