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Is it a headache or a stroke?

When it comes to stroke, every second counts — that’s why knowing how to identify the signs + symptoms of stroke is critical to saving someone’s life (maybe even your own).

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Getting a stroke victim the immediate medical attention they need (think: the sooner, the better) starts with knowing the signs and symptoms to look for.

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We’ve all had a headache — and maybe dizziness or weakness, too. But how do you know when these symptoms are actually a stroke?

Knowing the signs + symptoms of stroke is critical to reducing the risk of long-term disability (or even death). Why? Because when it comes to strokes, every second counts.

To ensure you’re able to act fast, get to know the B.E. F.A.S.T. acronym:

  • B = Balance: Is the person experiencing dizziness or loss of balance?
  • E = Eyes: Do they have blurred vision?
  • F = Face drooping: Ask them to smile. Is one side of their face drooping?
  • A = Arm Weakness: Tell the person to close their eyes and raise their arms above their head. Are they unable to lift one or both arms?
  • S = Speech Problems: Is their speech slurred, or are they having difficulty understanding words?
  • T = Time to call 911: If the person is experiencing any of the above signs, call 911 immediately.

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