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Stroke Symptoms


A stroke is a medical emergency. You could help save a life by seeking medical attention as soon as you notice warning signs of stroke. Remember to act FAST:

  • Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
  • Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Every second counts in the treatment of a stroke. Seeking help quickly means a better chance of treatment and recovery.

Other Signs of Stroke

Beyond FAST, remember these other stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Stroke Support Group

Connect with other stroke survivors and their families to learn more about stroke, share your experiences and become inspired to move forward.
Where: UNM HospitalFifth Floor [PDF]
Neurology SAC Unit Conference Room
When: First and third Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Contact: Terry Holmes, 505-272-6105

Printable Stroke Booklets

Hemorrhagic stroke
English [PDF]
Spanish [PDF]
Vietnamese [PDF]

Ischemic stroke
English [PDF]
Spanish [PDF]
Vietnamese [PDF]

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