According to the ASA, what are the easily recognizable symptoms of stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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The American Stroke Association (ASA) advises the public to be aware of the symptoms of stroke that are easily recognized, including the sudden onset of any of the following, and to call 911 immediately:

  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on 1 side of the body
  • Confusion

  • Difficulty in speaking or understanding

  • Deterioration of vision in 1 or both eyes

  • Difficulty in walking, dizziness, and loss of balance or coordination

  • Severe headache with no known cause

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