Warning Signs of Stroke ("Brain Attack")

In a stroke or "brain attack", arteries that supply oxygen to the brain become blocked or rupture, causing brain tissue to die. Common signs are paralysis of the arms or legs, tingling, numbness, confusion, dizziness, double vision, slurred speech, trouble finding words, or weakness, especially on one side of the face or body.

If you have symptoms, call 911 right away and get to an emergency room that offers clot-busting therapy for strokes due to blocked vessels. Such treatment, which dissolves clots in blocked vessels, needs to be given within the first 3 hours after symptoms begin.

Timing is urgent; fast treatment can potentially stop brain tissue death before permanent brain injury happens. There is a time clock ticking as to when you might totally recover.