Have you ever wondered how you would know if you or someone you are with is having a stroke? Many of us have heard that that getting immediate medical help to someone having a stroke is essential but do you know what to look for? The American Stroke Association recommends you know F A S T - which stands for:
Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or does it feel numb? Is the person's smile uneven?
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty – Did speech suddenly become slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand?
Time to call 9-1-1 – If you or someone you are with is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Also be aware of the following:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in arms, legs or face
- Sudden difficulty understanding what is being said
- Sudden vision issues- in one or both eyes
- Sudden balance issues, difficulty walking or a fall for no apparent reason
- Sudden severe headache that does not stop
Immediately call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services if you notice any of the above signs. If in doubt, make the call- it may make a significant difference in the person’s life!
For more information visit: www.strokeassociation.org
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