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Signs of a Stroke and What to do

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Signs of a Stroke and What to do

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

Have you or a loved one experienced any of these symptoms? Let us know what happened.

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