Stroke Warning Signs

Our teammate’s mother recently had a stroke while out of town. Fortunately, she was near the acclaimed Strong Memorial Hospital and was able to get immediate care.  Her prognosis is very good. In fact, she is home after only a week in the hospital.

Not all strokes result with such a good report. Because of our teammate’s experience, we decided it would be helpful to discuss the warning signs of a stroke.  If any of these symptoms are detected early enough, medication can be administered right away to help reduce the debilitating effects of the stroke.  Warning signs may actually appear as early as seven days beforehand.  It is extremely important to act fast and call 911 if any of these signs or symptoms are suddenly present:

  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg,  especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe headache with no known cause.

If you’re not sure, remember the word FAST, and ask the person in question to do a few simple tests:

F – Face

When smiling, one side of the face droops.

A – Arms

When raising both arms, one arm drifts downward.

S – Speech

Have them repeat a simple phrase and notice if their speech is slurred or strange.

T – Time

If you see any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

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