Asymmetry in the face or a droop on one side of the face
Weakness on one side of the body (such as an arm, leg, or both)
Numbness or unusual sensations on one side of the body
Trouble speaking (speech is slurred; cannot repeat a simple phrase)WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NOTICE WARNING SIGNS? Time is the most important factor if you think you are having a stroke. The faster you can get to a hospital, the better your chances of recovery. Therefore, you should call the paramedics right away if you have any of the above warning signs—do not “wait it out” to see if the symptoms get better on their own. The reason that time is very important is that for some strokes, a medication that dissolves blood clots can be given through the bloodstream as treatment. This medication only works during the first few hours after a stroke. After that it is no longer effective and can even cause harmful side effects. Therefore, it is very important, when possible, to record the exact time that you or someone around you first noticed symptoms and the time that you were last well without symptoms.