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Vascular Disease

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Stroke can be treated. Time is Brain!!  Access to emergency care is critical.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Weakness: Sudden loss of strength or sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, even if temporary.
  • Trouble speaking: Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding or sudden confusion, even if temporary.
  • Vision problems: Sudden trouble with vision, even if temporary.
  • Headache: Sudden severe and unusual headache.
  • Dizziness: Sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately or have someone call for you.

Why Call 9-1-1?

The ambulance team will assess you to determine if you are having a stroke. You may be taken to the closest Stroke Centre in a hospital outside of your area. A Stroke Centre provides specialized treatment in stroke care. To improve your chances of survival and recovery from stroke, do not drive to your local hospital. Call 9-1-1.