May is “Stroke Month”

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May 6, 2015 by Scott Wilson, RN


Stroke is treatable. The American Stroke Association is here to help you recognize the warning signs of a stroke so you can respond fast in an emergency. When you recognize a stroke and act fast by calling 9-1-1, you have a greater chance of survival and recovery. Remember the acronym F.A.S.T. to help you recognize symptoms and what to do:
 
THINK YOU ARE HAVING A STROKE? CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away.
F.A.S.T. is:

F

Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

A

Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S

Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T

Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

 

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