Bethesda Hospital East

Know the Warning Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke

 

According to the National Institutes of Health, 42% of stroke patients wait as long as 24 hours before going to the Emergency Room. This delay places the brain at increased risk for injury.

If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. When strokes are diagnosed and treated early, disabling effects can often be prevented thanks to advances in new drug therapies.

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding;
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness; 
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause; 
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; 
  • Sudden fainting, convulsions or coma (person will not wake up).