Stroke

Frequently Asked Questions

6. What should I do if I think I am having a stroke?

If you believe you are having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Don't wait for the symptoms of stroke to improve or worsen. Making the decision to call for medical help can make the difference in avoiding a lifelong disability and in greatly improving your chances for recovery.

If you believe someone is having a stroke – if he or she suddenly loses the ability to speak, or move an arm or leg on one side, or experiences facial paralysis on one side – call 911 immediately! Do not drive someone to the hospital. The emergency crew is trained to treat these symptoms, and it could mean the difference between life and death.