Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Stroke Primer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Stroke Primer

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Signs of a stroke include the sudden onset of any of the following: numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech, trouble seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or lack of coordination or a severe headache with no known cause. Call 911 right away if you or someone else has any of these symptoms.

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T., and do the following simple test:

F (Face): Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A (Arms): Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S (Speech): Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase; for example, "No ifs, ands or buts." Is the speech slurred or strange? …

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