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Immediate Action Needed

If you or someone else is experiencing signs or symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and say you think you (or the other person) are having a stroke. Common signs and symptoms of stroke include the following:

  • Sudden loss of speech, slurred speech, or inability to understand language
  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred or double vision
  • Sudden numbness or loss of feeling in parts of the body
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or maintaining balance
  • Sudden severe headache, often with a stiff neck and vomiting

Getting medical attention quickly is essential to preserve as much brain function as possible, and calling an ambulance — by dialing 9-1-1 — is the fastest way to get that attention.

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