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Roughly every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. People of all ages are vulnerable, despite seemingly good health. In fact, the risk of stroke is increasing faster in individuals ages 30-45 than in any other age group.

What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Symptoms of stroke include:
  • Sudden, severe headache with an unknown cause
  • Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, on one side of the body
  • Sudden dimness or visual loss, particularly in one eye
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or staggering walk
  • Slurred speech or inability to talk
  • Abrupt loss of consciousness

Download and print an infographic descibing the signs and symptoms of a stroke

Call 911 if you experience any of these symptoms

Check out our stroke risk scorecard (pdf) to assess your stroke risk.

Modifiable stroke risk factors at any age

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Blood Cholesterol
  • Tobacco Use
  • Alcohol Use
  • Irregular heart beat (Atrial Fibrillation)
  • Obesity
  • Family history of stroke
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Uncontrollable Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Family History of stroke or heart disease
  • Previous stroke or TIA
  • Hole in the heart (PFO) 

Spanish version: Conocer las señales de advertencia de un ataque cerebral

What are the signs of a stroke?
Do you know the signs of stroke? Think FAST.

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to hold both arms up evenly. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a single sentence. Are his/her words slurred or mixed up?
  • Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately!

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