Isn't there a simple set of stroke symptoms I can remember?

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Isn't there a simple set of symptoms my father and I can remember that identifies a stroke? I want to print it and put in on his fridge with the a number to call.

Expert Answers

Cleo Hutton, a survivor of two strokes, is coauthor of Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal , and author of After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier , a daily step-by-step guide for furthering stroke recovery at home.

Yes, here is a list of stroke symptoms: 

Stroke Warning Signs

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the 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 headaches with no known cause (for hemorrhagic stroke)

Remember that stroke symptoms are usually painless and occur suddenly, usually affecting only one side of the body.

Call 911 immediately if you, or a loved one, experience any of these symptoms.

The National Stroke Association reports ACT FAST at the first sign of stroke:

F     facial weakness

A     arm weakness

S     speech difficulties

T      time is brain

If you would like a refrigerator magnet with the warning signs of stroke, please contact me at and I will be glad to send you one.