The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surveyed more than 70,000 people on their knowledge of stroke symptoms—and the results were startling. Only 16.4 percent of persons surveyed correctly recognized all five stroke warning symptoms, knew to call 911, and could identify an incorrect symptom of stroke. Less than half could identify all five symptoms, and men, African Americans, Latinos and those with less education were less likely to recognize symptoms.

Note the CDC’s leading stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the arms, legs or face, especially on one side.
  • Sudden vision problem in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or difficulty walking.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

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