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Services - Stroke Prevention & Treatment Center

Stroke Warning Signs

The following are common symptoms of stroke. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 (or your local ambulance service) immediately. Treatment is most effective when started immediately.

If you suspect that a family member or loved one is suffering a stroke, it is important to act F.A.S.T. Ask the person to do the following:

It is possible that these symptoms occur transiently for several minutes or a few hours and may go away. This could be a transient ischemic attack (TIA) and is considered a mini stroke. Do not ignore any of the warning signs as they are considered high risk that another stroke may occur. Please call for medical help immediately.

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Stroke Prevention
Stroke Types & Risk Factors
Physical Activity Guidelines 
Carotid Artery Disease


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Boston Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Shapiro Center
7th Floor, Suite 7B
725 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118

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Areas of Expertise

Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
Brain Aneurysm Care
Carotid Artery Disease
Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (DAVF)
Spine Care
Stroke Prevention & Treatment

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