How To Spot A Stroke F.A.S.T.

Young Female Patient Talking To Male Nurse In Emergency RoomWhen it comes to a medical emergency, acting quickly can be the difference between life and death, but fast takes a whole new meaning with strokes.

A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is cut off. There are two different types of strokes. The first is ischemic. An ischemic stroke is when blood supply is cut off by a blood clot. This is the more common of the type types.

The second type is a hemorrhagic stroke. These are less common, but more dangerous and often lead to death. In a hemorrhagic stroke, an aneurysm bursts causing a blood vessel to leak.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is key to prevention and getting help for yourself or your loved one. Today, we’re going to discuss how acting F.A.S.T. can save a life!

F – Facial drooping
One side of their face may be drooping, whether it be their eye lids or their smile, their face might seem off. Ask them to smile, does their mouth seem crooked?

A – Arm weakness
This isn’t the typical weakness after an intense lifting session, people who are having a stroke can barely life one or both arms. They may also be experiencing tingling and numbness in one or both arms.

S – Slurred speech
You may be having a hard time understanding the person. Their speech my be slurred, slow or jumbled. Or they may be unable to talk at all.

T – Time
You must act quickly! If you notice any of these signs in yourself or your loved one, even if they disappear, call 911! Also, check the clock. This way you know exactly when the symptoms began. Time is important in strokes.

If caught early enough, 80% of strokes can be prevented. Use F.A.S.T. to spot these signs and symptoms and act quickly.

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