Every second counts if you or someone you love is having a stroke. A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Just a few hours can make the difference between recovery or learning to walk and talk all over again—or worse still—death. If you think you might be having a stroke, don’t wait, note the time, call 911, and say,
“I think I’m having a stroke. Please take me to the nearest stroke treatment center as quickly as possible.”
You should also call 911 if someone you’re with might be having a stroke. Don’t hesitate. Every moment you wait increases that person’s risk of permanent disability.
You only have three hours from the time of your first symptom to receive treatment that can minimize the damage to your brain that can cause serious, long-term, disabilities. If you get to the hospital and it’s not a stroke—that’s wonderful news! If it is a stroke, you’ll get the help you need.
Save precious time - know and respond quickly to the warning signs of stroke.