Stroke is a very serious medical emergency that occurs when blood flow is cut off to an area of the brain – a literal “brain attack.” Without blood flow, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. This means that the abilities controlled by those areas of the brain, such as memory and muscle control, are lost.

Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately and get them to the Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Room.

Signs & Symptoms

BE FAST Method

Use the BE FAST method to determine if you or someone you know is having a stroke and needs to be brought to the emergency room immediately.


  • Loss of balance 
  • Trouble with coordination 
  • Unexplained fall 

Find out if the person experienced a sudden loss of balance or coordination, unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall.


  • Sudden dimness 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Loss of eyesight 

Ask if the person can see normally or if they are having issues suddenly seeing out of one eye. 


  • Drooping
  • Sudden numbness/tingling
  • Facial weakness

Ask the person to smile, and check for a crooked smile.


  • Sudden weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

Ask the person to hold both arms out, close their eyes and check for drifting of one arm.


  • Sudden slurred speech
  • Garbled speech
  • Inability to speak 

Ask the person to repeat a sentence and listen for changes in speech or inability to follow this command.


Time lost is brain lost. Call 9-1-1 immediately, and get to the Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center. Stroke is a medical emergency!



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