Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

As our loved ones get older, it’s important to stay tuned to their health needs and be aware of any health concerns that may arise. Please enjoy this pertinent information submitted by our friends at the American Heart Association. And, remember to always consult your doctor with any questions you may have.

Reaction time is critical in the event of a stroke. The sooner a victim can get medical attention, the sooner important intervention can take place, often saving the patient from loss of brain functions.
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of a stroke. When you spot the signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner a stroke victim gets to the hospital, the sooner they’ll get treatment. And that can make a remarkable difference in their recovery.
FACE DROOPING  Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
ARM WEAKNESS  Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH DIFFICULTY  Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
TIME TO CALL 9-1-1  If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Most Common Stroke Warning Signs:
-Sudden numbness or weakness of the 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.
This healthful information provided by our friends at the American Heart Association. Learn more at Heart.org.