Stroke Prevention

Stroke is one of the nation’s leading causes of death and a major cause of serious, long-term disability. It can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time. It's vital to know how to spot the signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else.

BE FAST

B.E. F.A.S.T. to help you remember the warning signs and symptoms of stroke:

  • Balance  - Does the person have a sudden loss of balance, headache or dizziness?
  • Eyes - Does the person have blurred or double vision?
  • Face (Facial weakness) – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms (Arm weakness) - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech (Speech problems) – Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?
  • Time - If a person is having trouble with these basic commands, call 911 immediately.
If you experience any of the stroke signs, or identify the signs in someone else, B.E. F.A.S.T. and dial 911.

Find a Specialist

For non-life-threatening emergencies, talk with one of our neurosurgeons or neurologists. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

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