While enjoying the outdoors during the summer season (in the northern hemisphere), we could use another reminder of the warning signs of stroke -FAST.
Acting FAST can make a big difference in our family members and friends’ lives. Following the simple FAST guidelines may even save a loved one’s life.
FACE: Ask the person to smile. If one side of the face droops …
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms.
If one arms drifts downward …
SPEECH: Ask the person repeat a simple phrase.
If speech is slurred or strange …
TIME: Call 911 immediately.
Delayed treatment for an ischemic stroke, the most common kind of stroke, means a patient may not receive clot-busting drugs that must be administered within three hours of symptom onset to improve the chances of recovery. You can help minimize the effects of a stroke by learning how to spot the symptoms of stroke and reacting quickly.
– Health After 50 (was Johns Hopkins Health Alert) Get Help FAST for Stroke
Click image to visit the National Stroke Association website.