What Are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

Acting Quick Can Save a Life

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time, and it is vital to know the symptoms of one so you can get help as soon as possible. The health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to help you learn the most important signs to look for:

Remember These Common Symptoms

The most common stroke symptom is sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg. This typically happens on one side of the body. Other sudden symptoms may include:

  • Confusion or trouble speaking.
  • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, or loss of balance.
  • Severe headache with no known cause.
  • Trouble walking.

B.E. F.A.S.T.

In addition to these symptoms, the B.E. F.A.ST. acronym can be used to help recognize the need for medical attention for strokes.

B. E. F.A.S.T. stands for:

  • Balance – Check if the person suddenly has trouble with balance or coordination.
  • Eyes – See if the person has suddenly blurred or double vision or a sudden vision loss in one or both eyes without pain.
  • Face – Check for an uneven smile or drooping muscles on one side of the face.
  • Arms – See if one arm is weak or numb.
  • Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence to see if their speech is slurred.
  • Time – Call 911 immediately if you see any of these symptoms.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is crucial to call 911 immediately and get to a hospital as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when it comes to stroke care, and the sooner you can get treatment, the better.

Stroke Care in Ridgecrest, California

Treatment for a stroke depends on the cause but may include medicine, surgery, or

therapy. If you or someone you know has symptoms of a stroke, don't delay in getting help. It could save a life.

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our multi-disciplinary approach includes treatment for strokes and traumatic brain injuries. To learn more about our services at RRH or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:00 PM).