How to Recognize a Stroke

Recognize the signs of stroke

Strokes can happen at any age. Recognize the warning signs

Did you know? Stroke occurs in toddlers, children, and teens. Stroke is an emergency at any age!

Warning Signs

  • F - face drooping
  • A - arm weakness
  • S - speech difficulty
  • T - time to call 911

 

If one or more of these signs are present, don’t delay! Call 911 or the emergency system in your country!

  • Additional Warning Signs in Children
  • Severe sudden headache, especially with vomiting and sleepiness
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body [face, arm and/or leg]
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden trouble seeing to one side or loss of vision
  • New-onset of seizures usually on one side of the body If it looks like a stroke

 

Think Stroke – signs of stroke are often missed in children and teens because there is a lack of awareness that strokes can happen in this age group. About half of the children presenting with a stroke have a previously identified risk factor

Stroke is one of the top 10 causes of death in children. The use of tPA [a clot busting treatment] or clot retrieval devices are not FDA approved for use in children in the US.

 

Medical conditions associated with stroke include:

  • Sickle Cell Disease,
  • Moyamoya Syndrome,
  • Arterial Dissection,
  • Autoimmune Disorders,
  • Congenital heart Disease,
  • Blood Clotting Disorders

 

Learn more at iapediatricstroke.org and strokeassociation.org