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Stroke Tips

By Jennifer Sevush-Garcy, MD | Neurology

Stroke is a scary disease, but there is SO MUCH that can be done to help you or your loved one in the first hours of your stroke, so remember these tips:

  • Stroke symptoms may be obvious, but sometimes they are tricky.
  • Any abrupt change is suspicious for stroke and must be evaluated immediately.
  • Common symptoms include rapid changes in:
    • Speech
    • Vision
    • Walking
    • Coordination
    • Strength
    • Sensation
  • Time is brain. Call 911
  • Emergently get to the NEAREST
  • Even if your symptoms resolve, call 911 and go for emergent evaluation.


*Face:           Smile.  Is the smile asymmetric?

*Arms:         Lift both arms.  Does one arm drift down?

*Speech:      Speak.  Repeat a phrase, name objects, follow directions, read aloud.

*Time:          Call 911 immediately.

Common stroke risk factors include:

  • Age
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Irregular heartbeat

If you have any of these health problems, speak to your primary care doctor or neurologist about the proper treatment to prevent stroke.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stay informed.


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