Stroke Warning Signs

Learn the warning signs and symptoms of someone suffering from a stroke, so that you can BE FAST in getting them help!

  • B: balance
    Does the person have a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
  • E: eyes
    Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes, or are they experiencing dramatic vision changes?
  • F: face
    Does the person's face look uneven? Ask the person to smile. Look for facial droop or a lopsided grin.
  • A: arm
    Is one arm hanging down? Have the person close his/her eyes and hold both arms out with palms facing up. Look to see if one arm drifts down, or if he/she experiences numbness, weakness, tingling, or inability to move an arm or leg.
  • S: speech
    Is the person's speech slurred? Are they having trouble understanding you? Check to see if the person has trouble speaking, seems confused, or is not able to talk at all.
  • T: time
    Call 911 NOW and go to the hospital immediately! Note the time the symptoms started, or the last time the person was known to be well. This is important information for the medical team treating the patient.

It is incredibly important you CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY if you or someone else experiences any of these symptoms. NOTING THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR IS VERY IMPORTANT. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

Stroke Prevention & Treatment

A stroke may seem like it came out of the blue, but chances are the victim has been living with the risk factors for years. Caught early, some strokes have no lasting consequences. But a stroke can also have permanent, severe neurological consequences. Fortunately for Marin, we have an award-winning Designated Primary Stroke Center.

Listen as Medical Director, Spine & Brain Program, Ilkcan Cokgor, MD, discusses stroke prevention and treatment. You'll get an overview of MarinHealth’s highly respected Stroke Program, and most importantly, an opportunity to learn–and memorize–the symptoms of stroke. The life you save could be your own.

Your Risk of Stroke Increases as You Age

Even those who are in the best of shape can’t avoid one inevitable risk: increasing age. Eighty percent of strokes occur after age 50, and stroke risk doubles every decade after age 55. A large percentage of Marin adults are now in the prime risk category. Knowing what to do if you think you’re having a stroke is critical. The best treatment options take place in a three-hour window from the onset of symptoms. Read, television personality Doug McConnell’s story about the importance of acting on the signs and symptoms of a stroke.