According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the number one cause of disability and the number 4 cause of death in the United States. However, you can reduce the effects of a stroke, and even save a life, by simply knowing the signs of a stroke:
If you think you or someone you are with is having a stroke, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1!
Face Drooping-One side of the face drooping or begins to feel numb
ASK the person to smile. Is their smile uneven?
Arm Weakness-One arm weakens or becomes numb
ASK the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty-Speech becomes slurred or if the person is unable to speak at all
ASK the person to repeat a simple sentence, such as, “The sky is blue.” Do they repeat it correctly?
Time To Call 9-1-1-Even if the above symptoms seem to go away, call 9-1-1! Check the time so you’ll have an idea of when the first signs of the stroke occurred.
What Happens During A Stroke?
It is important to know what exactly happens during a stroke to understand why a person may be experiencing the F.A.S.T. symptoms listed above and how important quick treatment can be. During a stroke, a vessel carrying blood to the brain either becomes blocked or bursts, leaving the brain deprived of essential oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. Brain cells begin to die within minutes of a stroke. There are two major types of strokes, Ischemic (majority) and hemorrahagic. Ischemic strokes are caused by a blood vessel blocked by fatty deposits. Hemorrahagic strokes are caused by a weakened blood vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the brain.
According to the American Stroke Association, “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.” The quicker a person gets help, the less of a chance for long-term effects. In addition to the F.A.S.T. symptoms above, other symptoms can include sudden numbness in legs, sudden dizziness or confusion, trouble seeing or a sudden severe headache. Don’t forget, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1!
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