Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

How can I tell if a stroke is occurring?

Dr. John Terry discusses how one can tell if a stroke is happening. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


F.A.S.T. is an abbreviation to remember in order to recognize the signs of a stroke, according to the National Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon:

  • Face – drooping or sagging of the face
  • Arms – downward drifting of the arms
  • Speech – slurred or strange speech
  • Time – if you see any signs of stroke, call 911 immediately

Other signs of stroke, according to the American Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance
  • Sudden severe headache

To learn more about the signs of a stroke, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; John Terry, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Elizabeth Marriott, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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