Experiencing stroke symptoms? Call 9-1-1 immediately!

Symptoms of a stroke
Even if stroke symptoms pass, get the person to the hospital immediately.

Sudden signs of strokecome on F.A.S.T. -- which can help you remember what to look for.

F.A.S.T. is:

Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away.

Other sudden stroke symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking or loss of balance
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Learn more stroke signs and symptoms

Providence Health's downtown campus offers patients 24/7 access to MUSC's neruo-hospitalists through teleneurology services. This means patients demonstrating stroke or neurological symptoms can receive a top-quality neurology consultation any time of the day or night. 

Need to go to the ER? We have three Emergency Rooms in separate locations. 

Remember: Call 9-1-1 if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency

Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. EMS staff are trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.