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Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

The sooner a person arrives to the emergency room, the sooner treatment can begin and the better the chance for a successful recovery.

How to recognize a stroke? Just remember to B.E.F.A.S.T.:

  • B is for Balance: Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?
  • E is for Eye: Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
  • F is for Face: Does the person’s face look uneven?
  • A is for Arm: Is one arm hanging down? 
  • S is for Speech: Is the person’s speech slurred? Does the person have trouble speaking or seem confused?
  • T is for Time: Call 911 now!  

You should always call 911 right away for signs or symptoms of stroke. They will call ahead to let us know a potential stroke patient is coming and our specialized stroke team will be waiting.

For more information about how Summa Health Center's Center for Stroke Care can help you control your stroke risk factors, contact us at 234.867.7957.

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

BE FAST and learn how to recognize stroke symptoms and why it’s important to call 911 as soon as possible.


B.E.F.A.S.T. Stroke Response


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If your situation is an emergency, call 911.