You wouldn’t wait to go to the emergency room if you thought you were having a heart attack. Why would you wait if you thought you were having a stroke? Time lost is brain lost. Learn the BE FAST symptoms. If you experience any, don’t wait. Call 911 and have the ambulance get you to Gundersen Lutheran—the area’s only Primary Stroke Center—right away.
B = Sudden loss of coordination and Balance
E = Sudden loss of vision or double vision (Eyes)
F = Weakness on one side of the Face
A = Arm or leg weakness on one side
S = Difficulty speaking or understanding Speech
T = Time symptoms started
A sudden and severe headache can be another sign.