How to Respond to Stroke

Part of the Stroke For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Stroke happens quickly and you need to act just as quickly in order to save as much brain as possible. Whether you're experiencing the stroke yourself or watching as a loved one or friend is suddenly attacked by symptoms, memorize these steps:

  • Call 911 immediately: Don't delay, don't call people for advice — call 911.

  • Note the time: Make note of the time when the first symptoms occurred (headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, or numbness of limbs).

  • Gather medical information: Provide relevant info — blood type, allergies, medical conditions, and so on — to the medical professionals.

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