Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. The earlier someone seeks medical attention, the greater chance they will have for recovery. 

An easy way to know what to do during a stroke is to remember BE FAST. 

Balance:  Do you have sudden trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination? 

Eyes:  Do you have sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. 

Face:  Is one side of your face drooping?

Arms:  Do you have sudden numbness or weakness? 

Speech:  Does your speech suddenly sound slow, slurred or mumbled?  Or are you having difficulty talking or understanding? 

Time: Time is of the essence. Call 9-1-1 if you recognize any of these sudden symptoms of stroke.

Dr. David Huang speaks about the signs of stroke in an interview with WCHL.