Main Points

  • Learn the symptoms of stroke: sudden weakness on one side of the body, sudden blinding headache, sudden loss of balance or coordination, loss of vision in one eye.
  • If you experience any symptoms, go to the nearest emergency department, even if the symptoms go away. 
  • Stroke is a medical emergency and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting about 800,000 people each year.
  • ACEP believes that the best care should be made available to stroke patients in a timely fashion and that all hospitals should have procedures in place to handle stroke patients as soon as they arrive.
Stroke/tPA Fact Sheet
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