Stroke is a medical emergency. It is also the nation’s fourth-leading killer and the number one cause of serious disability. If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately. Seeking treatment within the first three hours of a stroke can significantly reduce life-threatening or long-term complications.
Warning signs include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Less than five percent of those who suffer from a stroke act fast enough to be eligible for a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) drug. When administered within the first three hours of the onset of stroke, tPAs can help dissolve clots that may be blocking blood flow to the heart or brain. Act FAST. Don’t wait.