Signs and Symptoms

The following stroke symptoms may be the result of an arterial dissection:

  • Sudden weakness
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Vision problems
  • Problems breathing
  • Dizziness and unexplained falls
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sudden and severe headache

If you or someone you love is experiencing one or more of these signs and symptoms, call 911 immediately. It’s important to seek treatment as quickly as possible, because getting treatment within 60 minutes can prevent disability.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and also a significant cause of significant long-term disability in adults. More than half a million strokes are reported in the United States each year. However, the available, approved treatments for stroke can greatly reduce the damage.