Know the Warning Signs

Call 9-1-1 immediately if these symptoms are present:

  • 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 headache with no known cause.

Stroke risk factors you CAN control include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol which can lead to coronary artery disease and heart attack damaging heart muscle and increasing your risk for stroke
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Heavy use of alcohol
  • Illegal use of cocaine and other street drugs

Stroke risk factors you CAN'T control:

  • Increasing age. Stroke affects people of all ages. But the older you are, the greater your stroke risk.
  • Gender. In most age groups, more men than women have stroke, but more women die from stroke.
  • Heredity and race. People whose close blood relations have had a stroke have a higher risk of strokes themselves. African Americans have a higher risk of death and disability from stroke than whites, because they have high blood pressure more often. Hispanic Americans are also at higher risk of stroke.
  • Prior stroke. Someone who has had a stroke is at higher risk of having another one.