Stroke Warning Signs

Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke which is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. JPS Health Network is improving efforts to educate the Tarrant County community about the warning signs of stroke and provide unique care to better outcomes in stroke patients.

Know the Stroke Warning Signs

• A numb or weak feeling in the face, arm or leg
• Trouble speaking or understanding
• Unexplained dizziness
• Blurred or poor vision in one or both eyes
• Loss of balance or an unexplained fall
• Difficulty swallowing
• Headache (usually severe or of abrupt onset) or unexplained change in the pattern of headaches
• Confusion
• Unconsciousness

Stroke Risk Factors

• High blood pressure – is the single most important risk factor for stroke. Know your blood pressure and have it checked at least every two years. If it is 140/90 or above, it is too high.
• Tobacco use – If you smoke, try to quit. Do not use other forms of tobacco.
• Diabetes mellitus – Having diabetes increases your risk for stroke.
• High cholesterol – Increases the risk by clogging the arteries. If an artery leading to the brain is blocked, a stroke may result.
• Physical inactivity and obesity – Being inactive, obese or both can increase your risk of heart disease.

If you or someone you know experiences any of the above symptoms, call 9-1-1 and/or get to a hospital immediately.

JPS Health Network is a Certified Stroke Center recognized by the Joint Commission for its exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.