If you have any of the following warning signs, call, or have someone call, 911 immediately:
- sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg
- sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye
- sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech
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- sudden severe headache with no known cause
- unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness, or sudden
- falls,especially in conjunction with the other warning signs.
Occasionally, strokes cause double vision, drowsiness, nausea, or vomiting. Also, because warning signs sometimes may last only a few minutes and disappear, it may be tempting to ignore them. But these "mini-strokes," or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), could be your body's warning of a future full-blown stroke. So even if the symptoms go away quickly, seek medical help right away.