Tip

You may notice stroke symptoms when you wake up.

Call 911 right away if you have any of the symptoms listed on this page.

Stroke warning signs: Call 911

  • Balance
    Sudden loss of balance or coordination, trouble walking or dizziness
  • Eyes
    Sudden blurred, double or loss of vision in one or both of the eyes
  • Face
    Face or smile droops on one side
  • Arms
    Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis in an arm, hand or leg, usually only on one side of the body
  • Speech
    Sudden trouble speaking or understanding language, including confusion, slurred words or being unable to repeat a simple sentence
  • Headache
    sudden severe headache (the worst headache of your life) with no known cause

Signs and symptoms may last a short time and disappear. Do not delay in getting help. A stroke is a medical emergency.

Call 911 right away if you have any of these symptoms.

Source: Allina Health Patient EducationUnderstanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education experts
First Published: 02/01/2006
Last Reviewed: 05/01/2018