Stroke can occur very suddenly and without warning when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts.
- It can affect people of all ages (not just the elderly!)
- A stroke can cause permanent brain damage or even death, but when recognized and treated quickly, sometimes the damage can be stopped or reversed.
Here’s a great, quick video showing a stroke scenario:
Signs and Symptoms of Stroke:
Each patient may experience a stroke differently, but common signs include:
- Difficulty speaking, slurred speech, being unable to form words, or being unable to understand what others are saying;
- Drooling or difficulty swallowing;
- Drooping on one side of the face;
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
- Weakness, numbness or paralysis – especially on one side of the body;
- Sudden, severe headache;
- Dizziness or Loss of Balance;
Any single one of these symptoms could be a stroke — a real stroke victim might not have all of them.
An Easy Test: F.A.S.T.
The American Heart Association encourages people to know the FAST check:
F = Face — Ask the patient to smile widely. Does he have drooping on one side of the face?
A = Arm — Ask the patient to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech — Ask the patient to say “The Sky is Blue.” Is the speech slurred, nonsensical or absent?
T = Time to Call 9-1-1 — if you answered “YES” to any of the questions above, immediately call 9-1-1 to report a possible stroke.
Always err on the side of caution. If you’re not sure, CALL 9-1-1.
“Time is Brain” — the longer you wait, the more permanent brain damage may be caused.
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