Know the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke...
The more time that goes by before treatment is received the more brain is lost.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss or balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Think FAST..to help you remember
F is for facial numbness or weakness, especially on one side
A is for arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side
S is for slurred speech, or difficulty speaking or understanding
T is for time; it’s time to call 911 if any of the above symptoms are present because every second counts
Important DO NOT’s:
- DO NOT lay down and wait to see if you feel better
- DO NOT call or wait for someone to drive you to the hospital
- DO NOT drive yourself to the hospital
- DO NOT ignore the symptoms
Stroke Symptom Test
To test if someone is experiencing stroke symptoms, try these simple tests.
F(ace) - FACIAL DROOP:
Have patient smile or show teeth (look for asymmetry).
Normal: Both sides of the face move equally or not at all.
Abnormal: One side of the patient’s face droops.
A(rm) - MOTOR WEAKNESS:
Arm drift (close eyes, extend arms, palms up).
Normal: Remain extended equally, or drifts equally or does not move at all.
Abnormal: One arm drifts down when compared with the other.
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” (repeat phrase).
Normal: Phrase is repeated clearly and correctly.
Abnormal: Words are slurred (dysarthria) or abnormal (aphasia) or none.