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Stroke Warning Signs

Cerebrovascular diseases can cause temporary stroke-like symptoms associated with transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). Because TIAs are an indicator of future strokes, learning to recognize the warning signs is important so you can call 911 for assistance, as quickly as possible.

DHMC can provide treatment that greatly reduces the damage caused by TIAs and strokes; however, you need to arrive at the hospital soon after symptoms arise to avoid permanent impairment.

To learn how to recognize and respond to the signs of a stroke using the FAST model (Face, Arm, Speech, Time), watch the video below:

Stroke Heroes Act FAST

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FAST poster (PDF)

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The early signs of TIAs and strokes are sudden:

  • Abnormal or slurred speech
  • Comprehension difficulties
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Drooling or difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Severe headache with no known cause
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
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