• Warning Signs

  • Only 13.4 percent of people having a stroke in Colorado make it to the hospital in time for treatment to break up the clot causing the stroke. Getting treatment fast can save your loved one's life or spare them from lifelong disability.

    Know the signs of stroke. You could save your life, or the life of someone you love. Minutes saved can save vital brain function. The range and severity of early stroke symptoms vary considerably, but they share the common characteristic of being sudden. Warning signs may include some or all of the following symptoms:

    • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
    • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
    • Severe or sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side or the other
    • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

    F.A.S.T. is an acronym developed by the National Stroke Association to help people remember and recognize the signs of a stroke. It stands for:

    • F ace - Does one side of the face droop? Is the smile crooked?
    • A rms - Does one arm drift downward? Is one arm weak or numb?
    • S peech - Is speech slurred? Is the sentence repeated correctly?
    • T ime - If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately!

    Call 911 immediately if you or someone you are with is experiencing any symptoms. Do not drive yourself or someone else to the hospital. The care 911 EMS professionals can provide in the first moments of a stroke is crucial.

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