Every second counts when someone is having a stroke. It means part of the brain is robbed of the oxygen and blood supply it needs to function, and it happens because a blood vessel to part of the brain either has a clot or bursts. Can you recognize the symptoms of a stroke? Do you know what to do?
What are the symptoms of a stroke? If you believe someone may be having a stroke, but you aren’t sure, here is F.A.S.T. way to act:
F = Face – Ask them to smile. Is one side of their face drooping?
A = Arm – Can they raise both arms? Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech – Ask them to speak. Is it slurred or does it sound strange?
T = Time – If the answer is “Yes” to any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately!
After you dial 911, make a note of the time you first noticed the symptoms. Early interventions within the first few hours such as medications or surgery can potentially stop or reverse the symptoms.
Remember, symptoms can vary, but it’s important to stay focused and act quickly, even if the symptoms go away as fast as they came. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the more damage can be done, and permanently. Don’t hesitate to call 911. It can save a life!