Call 911 if the person has:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or legs -- especially on just one side of the body
- Slurred or unusual speech
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, or balance problems
- Sudden confusion
- Severe headache
1. Note Time When Symptoms First Appeared
- Tell emergency personnel when you first noticed symptoms.
- There is a medicine that may reduce long-term effects if given within three hours of the first symptom appearing.
2. Follow Up
- If the person gets emergency care within the first several hours of stroke onset, the person may receive clot-busting drugs.
- At the hospital, a doctor will examine the person and run tests to see if the stroke was caused by clots or from bleeding in the brain. Tests may include an MRI or a CT scan.
- Treatment may include medication, lifestyle changes, and possibly surgery.
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