A stroke is a reduction in blood supply to the brain due to a blockage or bleeding in the brain. Rapid treatment—within three hours of the first symptom—is crucial. Stroke symptoms come on suddenly and include trouble speaking; confusion; weakness, numbness, or paralysis on one side of the face or body; vision problems; severe headache; or trouble with walking or balance.

Featured Stories

What to Know About Ryan Seacrest's 'Stroke' Symptoms, According to Doctors

The TV host's slurred speech and eye changes during the American Idol finale alarmed fans, but his rep has clarified that Seacrest did not suffer this health emergency.
Read More

Mom Suffering Stroke Saved By Time-Sensitive Medicine Thanks to Selfie Taken Minutes Before

Doctors gave Stephanie Farnan time-sensitive medicine after learning when the stroke occurred as indicated by the time of the selfie on her phone.
Read More

More on Stroke

10 Stroke Symptoms Everyone Should Know

If you or someone you know has one or more of the following stroke symptoms, call 911. A stroke is a medical emergency, and doctors often say “time is brain,” meaning the quicker you get treatment, the better.
Read More

17 Surprising Things That Affect Stroke Risk

Basically a heart-healthy lifestyle cuts your stroke risk too. So get a veggie wrap instead of the pastry, take a bike ride, and quit smoking. But there are many other things you can do to lower your stroke risk.
Read More