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What are some of the early symptoms of a stroke?

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It can seem like part of your brain quickly went offline. You might be grabbing milk from the fridge and suddenly your face feels funny. Or sitting at your desk and realize you can't budge your arm to answer the phone. Or in the middle of a sentence when you start slurring your words.

Any one of those three signs -- face drooping, arm weakness, and trouble talking -- means someone needs to call 911. Don't wait. And don't call your doctor or family members first.

From: Timeline of a Stroke WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "Four Letters: FAST, Three Numbers: 9-1-1."

Novant Health: "Time Is Brain."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Stroke," "Stroke Is an Emergency!"

"Let's Talk about Stroke Diagnosis."

Washington University in St. Louis: "Stroke's Critical Timeline."

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: "Stroke: Every Minute Counts."

StrokeSmart: "Dos and Don'ts While Waiting for an Ambulance."

Cedars-Sinai: "Timeline of a Stroke: Gabriel's Story."

California State University, Sacramento: "The ABCs of CPR."

American Family Physician: "A Simplified Scale for Evaluating Stroke Patients."

The Internet Stroke Center: "The 'Golden Hour' of Acute Ischemic Stroke."

Health Science Center Jacksonville, University of Florida: "When every minute counts: Massive stroke patient has remarkable recovery after rapid treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Recommendations: Acute Hospital Care Panel."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on November 16, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "Four Letters: FAST, Three Numbers: 9-1-1."

Novant Health: "Time Is Brain."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Stroke," "Stroke Is an Emergency!"

"Let's Talk about Stroke Diagnosis."

Washington University in St. Louis: "Stroke's Critical Timeline."

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: "Stroke: Every Minute Counts."

StrokeSmart: "Dos and Don'ts While Waiting for an Ambulance."

Cedars-Sinai: "Timeline of a Stroke: Gabriel's Story."

California State University, Sacramento: "The ABCs of CPR."

American Family Physician: "A Simplified Scale for Evaluating Stroke Patients."

The Internet Stroke Center: "The 'Golden Hour' of Acute Ischemic Stroke."

Health Science Center Jacksonville, University of Florida: "When every minute counts: Massive stroke patient has remarkable recovery after rapid treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Recommendations: Acute Hospital Care Panel."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on November 16, 2017

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