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Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg—especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss ofbalance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Simple Stroke Test

The Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale is one of the most popular tools developed for stroke assessment. You don’t have to be a medical professional to identify some of the signs. If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

Act F.A.S.T

Face:
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms:
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?
Speech:
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
Time:
If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast, brain cells are dying.
As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.