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Signs of a Stroke and What to do

Have you ever wondered how you would know if you or someone you are with is having a stroke? Would you be able to recognize the signs of a stroke?

Many of us have heard that that getting immediate medical help to someone having a stroke is essential but do you know what to look for? Not only are seniors susceptible to them but one in five American adults have a stroke every year.

Take the FAST Stroke Test

It’s for that reason the American Stroke Association recommends you know F A S T – which stands for:

Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or does it feel numb? Is the person’s smile uneven?

Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty – Did speech suddenly become slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand?

Time to call 9-1-1 – If you or someone you are with is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Also be aware of the following signs of a stroke:

  • Numbness or weakness in arms, legs or face
  • Difficulty understanding what is being said
  • Vision issues- in one or both eyes
  • Balance issues, difficulty walking or a fall for no apparent reason
  • Sudden severe headache that does not stop

Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Watch this video on YouTube.

Immediately call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services if you notice any of the above signs. If in doubt, make the call- it may make a significant difference in the person’s life!

For more information visit: www.strokeassociation.org

Have you or a loved one experienced any of these symptoms? Let us know what happened in the comments.

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