Stroke Signs & Symptoms

All-Start Stroke Care at Methodist Dallas Medical Center

We are proud to be designated an Advanced Primary Stroke Care Center by the Joint Commission and American Stroke Association. The designation means we're optimally prepared to provide the highest level of quality health care to stroke patients.

American Stroke Association Certification

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a serious condition that cuts off blood flow to the brain. It could result in brain loss and disability if not treated immediately. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke are of critical importance. F.A.S.T. is what you should think of when you think you or someone near you may be having a stroke:

  • FACE – Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS – Is one arm weak or numb?
  • SPEECH – Is the speech slurred?
  • TIME – Time is critical.

Additional symptoms of stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden vision change
  • Sudden speech problems
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements
  • Sudden problems with walking or balance
  • Sudden severe headache that is different from past headaches.

There’s no time to wait. Call 911 immediately and get the care you or your loved one needs.