Stroke Symptoms

BE FAST

Stroke symptoms can vary, depending on what caused the stroke and its severity. Strokes usually happen suddenly, but it may take hours for symptoms to be noticeable. Mild weakness may later lead to paralysis on one side of the body. Several small strokes over time may lead to balance, thinking and behavioral changes.

Lutheran Hospital is home to the first comprehensive stroke center in northern Indiana and has achieved the country's highest level of stroke care certification available.

Watch a 2-minute video to learn more about comprehensive stroke care.

Stroke symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions, so do not delay. If you notice any of the symptoms below, call 911 immediately.

BALANCE: Does the person have sudden loss of balance?
EYESIGHT: Does the person have blurred, double vision or no vision in one or both eyes?
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARM: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911!

Saver, J.L. (2006) Time is Brain.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.
BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. Copyright 2011, Intermountain Healthcare.

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