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If you suspect you are having a stroke, dial 911!

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the body, especially on one side
  • Sudden vision changes in one or both eyes
  • Sudden severe headache with unknown cause
  • Sudden dizziness, difficulty walking or imbalance
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding others

FAST is an easy way to identify a possible stroke

FAST - Signs of a Stroke

Risk Factors for Stroke

Non-Modifiable: Things you can't change

  • Previous Stroke or TIA
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Family History

Modifiable: Things you can change!

  • High Blood Pressure #1 Risk Factor
  • Smoking
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Overweight / Obesity
  • High Cholesterol
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Stroke Resources

A trusted source for free resources and education for the entire stroke community.

A division of the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association (ASA) offers the latest news, resources and education on stroke.

Stroke Connection Magazine

A free, digital only magazine for stroke survivors and their families, published four times a year.

Stroke Family Warmline

1-888-4-STROKE (ask for the Warmline)

The Warmline connects stroke survivors and their families with a team member who can provide support, or just a listening ear.

FAST Stroke Detection Poster in 7 Languages