Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

What are the warning signs of stroke?

Dr. Bryan Ludwig explains some of the warning signs of a stroke. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript


Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of long-term disability, according to the American Heart AssociationOff Site Icon(AHA). To minimize the effects of stroke, it’s important to be aware of the risk factors and the warning signs, according to the AHA.

A common sign of stroke is sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, often on one side of the body, according to the National Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon. Other warning signs include:

  • Sudden numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache

For more information about the warning signs of 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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