Getting a family member into an appropriate care facility for the correct care can save their life. If symptoms are waved off, an important 3-hour window is lost. Important terms to remember are : unexpected and sudden. Sudden numbness or weakness of arm, leg, or face, unexpected confusion, sudden trouble speaking, sudden trouble with vision or walking or severe headache with no known cause can all be symptoms of a stroke. Don’t let the victim wave it off or deny it!