Do you know what a stroke looks like? Fewer than half of women do, according to a new survey. Join the informed minority by learning the warning signs.

Face drooping: Does one side of your face droop, or is it numb? Is your smile suddenly uneven?

Arm weakness:  Is one arm weak or numb? Try to raise both arms Does one drift downward, or has your overall coordination declined?

Speech difficultly: Is it hard to speak or pronounce words correctly? Try a simple sentence like “The sky is blue” as a test.

Time to call 911 If you notice any one of these symptoms, call right away-even if they go away, you may have suffered a ministroke and be at risk of another in the near future.

Source: Jose Butler, MD   Prevention magazine July 2014