A stroke can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, or race. Strokes occur when a blockage cuts off blood flow to a part of the brain, resulting in the death of brain cells and brain damage. A stroke is a medical emergency. Because of this, every minute counts.

It’s important to recognize the signs of a stroke and call 911 at the onset of symptoms. Use the acronym F.A.S.T. as an easy way to remember the warning signs of a stroke.

The sooner the person receives treatment, the better their chances are of fully recovering. There’s a reduced risk of permanent disability and brain damage when doctors administer treatment within the first three hours of symptoms. Other signs of a stroke may include double/blurry vision, a severe headache, dizziness, and confusion.