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When someone experiences any sign that could be a stroke, it's crucial to get that person to the hospital immediately. In general, the following signs of stroke appear suddenly (seemingly out of the blue):

  • Weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Trouble seeing with one eye or both, such as blurred vision or seeing double
  • Trouble walking, lack of coordination or stumbling
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Hospitalization and treatment for strokes

Treatments can reduce or completely reverse brain injury – but only if they're given in the first few hours after stroke symptoms appear. Call 911 to get the fastest possible transportation to the emergency room.

Learn more about stroke and its treatments.

UCSF stroke treatment and care

Stroke patients can access the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic methods through the clinics of the UCSF Comprehensive Stroke Center. Our experts deliver outstanding innovative care at every stage, from emergency services and in-hospital treatments to outpatient care and rehabilitation.