Call 911 if you think you may be having a stroke. If you can't get an ambulance, have someone drive you to the hospital. Do not drive yourself.
Signs of Stroke
- Sudden weakness, numbness, tingling, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.
- Sudden changes in vision.
- Sudden trouble speaking.
- Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
- Sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.
- Sudden problems with walking or balance.
Call a doctor if:
- Symptoms of a stroke were definitely there and then went away after a few minutes. This could be a sign that a stroke may soon occur. It's important to see a doctor right away.
- You develop tremors, tics, or other unusual movements, such as a walking (gait) change or mouth smacking.
- You have coordination problems, such as dropping things, tripping, or falling more often.
- You have vision changes.
- You have changes in hearing, taste, or smell.