Saturday, December 25, 2010

Knowing the Symptoms of Stroke May Save Your Life

During the holiday season we often are under a lot of stress and we over indulge in everything from our eating to our running around. That means it's a prime time to have a stroke so be sure you know the simple signs of someone having a stroke. They use FAST to remember it.... Face, Arms, Speech, and Time.

So make a point of keeping stroke symptoms in mind and share them with others you know. With strokes it's time to treatment that matters most.

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Warning Signs of Stroke

Use FAST to remember the warning signs:



Ask the person to smile.
Does one side of the face droop?



Ask the person to raise both arms.
Does one arm drift downward?



Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.
Is their speech slurred or strange?



If you observe any of these signs,
call 9-1-1 immediately.


NOTE THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR. If given within three hours of
the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most
common type of stroke.

Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as FAST as possible.

Stroke symptoms include:

  • SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
  • SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these

Note the time you experienced your first symptom.
This information is
important to your healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.


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