Health Shorts: How many stroke signs do you know?

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control found that fewer than half of Americans know the five most common warning signs of a stroke. How many do you know?

  1. Confusion or trouble speaking.
  2. Numbness or weakness of the face, an arm or a leg, usually on one side.
  3. Trouble seeing.
  4. Dizziness, loss of balance or difficulty walking.
  5. A sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Even one of the above signs, without another explanation, is reason to call 9-1-1 immediately.

[SOURCE: "Wellness facts," University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, August, 2008]

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Last Updated March 19, 2009